Don’t support stereotypes by legislating them

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Valley News - Opinion
We can fire all the baseball executives and television commentators who make stereotypical comments, but we will still never rid ourselves of the prejudices brought into the open by those people. The civil rights movements and the honors given to minority leaders have not erased stereotypes from the minds of many people. It is doubtful that any forced action will change the thoughts of Americans. However, the government of this country can play a part by repealing laws which encourage stereotypes. Legislators stereotype when they pass laws. Many states have mandatory seat belt laws because “seat belts are safer.” Most have banned prostitution and gambling because “prostitutes bring crime” and “gambling brings organized crime.” Many motorcycle riders are forced to wear
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