Stereotypes and Policy Making

Human perception plays a significant role in how we view policymaking. Policymaking is deliberate in its own right. Policies are created by a system of guidelines and decisions that aim to reach outcomes that support a body of people. Stereotypes are widely held and often water-downed explanations of groups. Humans are capable of such beliefs and can perceive several stereotypes as the truth when, in fact, they are opinions. Humans are the creators of policies and stereotypes; we perpetuate and manifest what we want to know. As we consider (stereotype) the people within poverty and welfare systems to be abnormal, deviant, and different, we create policies that aim to dismantle this form of behavior. However, we have also created the belief that people within these groups are abnormal and must be made normal. Normal based on whose standards? Policies should dismantle stereotypes, rather than utilize or exploit them, and perpetuate truths to help groups gain resources and opportunities.

With Intention,

Sarafina