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My father once told me that he was best friends with a young man named Timothy during all their years in high school. One day during my father’s senior year, Timothy became gravely ill and he was hospitalized. Later, after doing blood tests on Timothy, he was diagnosed with AIDS and was given 3 months to live. When the student body was questioning where he had been, my father announced what had happened to Timothy. The students quickly misconceived that he was actively engaged in homosexual activities. Since my father was his best friend, it was a misconception that he too was gay. After Timothy had passed away, the doctor performed an autopsy and they had concluded that during an earlier surgery Timothy had in the year, the blood that was transferred into him was contaminated and that was how Timothy received the AIDS.
In today’s society, more than any other time in history, we tend to group or view individuals as a member of a collective group based simply on stereotypical analysis. A stereotype is a fixed idea that many people have about a thing or group that may often be untrue…
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