Avoid logical fallacies, stereotypes, and overgeneralizations
Are lawyers liars? Are union workers loafers?
Are Muslims fanatics? Are politicians corrupt? Are the Irish drunks?
The answer to these questions is: “Some are.” “It depends.” Perhaps, “Many are.”
There is almost always a grain of truth in a stereotype.
But you must make sure that your generalizations do not become over-generalizations, or stereotypes (which is what a stereotype is). Generalizing can easily slip into stereotyping.
There will always be exceptions, sometimes notable and dramatic exceptions. If you are in a debate, your opponent may cite an exception or two, and pull you up short.
The only stereotype that can be safely used is a flattering one: “As thrifty as a Scot…as courteous as a Mexican…as quiet-spoken as an Ethiopian…as affable as an Irishman.”
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