It is predictable, when large numbers of newcomers arrive, they are often met with skepticism and distrust. That distrust is frequently fueled by prejudice and stereotypes. Those prejudices and stereotypes are carried in the stories we tell, by our behavior, and in what we read, see, and hear from media, friends, and in society. Often people find themselves accepting, or internalizing, false stereotypes without even being aware of them. Helping young people recognize prejudice and stereotypes and how they impact the choices people make is an important skill. We can do this through a study of history and literature, at the same time it is essential to recognize that students internalize prejudice from the world around them and it is our responsibility to help.
Below are a series of resources and lessons from across our website to help you explore anti-immigrant prejudice and stereotypes with your students.