Stereotyping Alive and Well

Sterotypes seem to die hard. Via a University of Cincinnati annual survey on racial stereotypes:

“…data for the study came from two waves of the Ohio Poll, a well-known, UC-sponsored, regularly scheduled survey of registered voters in the state of Ohio. The Ohio Poll data for this study was conducted by the UC Institute for Policy Research in November 2007 and May 2008. The researchers’ findings came from a sample of about 2,150 people.

For each person surveyed, the phone call would examine attitudes toward only one immigrant group, so that responses would not be affected by prior responses about one or more of the other groups. The poll examined five stereotypes, the extent to which people believe each group is

  • Rich versus poor
  • Intelligent versus unintelligent
  • Self-sufficient versus dependent on government assistance
  • Trying to fit in vs. staying separate from Americans
  • Violent vs. nonviolent

The researchers found that Latin Americans were rated most poorly on all of the characteristics, but equally with Middle Easterners in the violent vs. nonviolent category and in the category of being unwilling to fit in with Americans. “

With findings like these, it’s not surprising to find “guidelines” for employing Hispanics in agricultural jobs. These tips  found, on of all places, the Penn State University website.  The lowlights :

Hiring Hispanic employees is a relatively new practice for agricultural and horticultural employers in the Northeast. This page features information and links on employment eligibility and enforcement resources for agricultural employers, as well as issues relating to managing an Hispanic workforce.

What to Do in the Event of a Raid
Dairy Today published a chilling (italics mine) account of a recent raid on a dairy farm in North Dakota. The article includes a list of 10 things to do when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrives at a farm to conduct an immigration raid.

Community Relations
People in rural communities are often concerned, even frightened, when Hispanic farm workers first enter a community. Dairy managers should try to dispel these fears with factual information. Here is a discussion of some common myths about immigrant dairy farm workers.


“Some see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”
George Benard Shaw