The tall white guy stereotype
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White Americans are always treated as a homogenous group on height discussions, and are stereotyped as tall. 

This makes no sense. The average Italian American is probably 5'7 whereas young English/German Americans are 5'10-5'11. How are you gonna call a 5'7 white dude very short when you don't even know his background? 

Yes, obviously Northern European ancestry far outnumbers Southern European ancestry in the US, but it's still strange to hold all white people to a 5'10 standard.
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(04-10-2018, 09:50 PM)bestfriends Wrote: White Americans are always treated as a homogenous group on height discussions, and are stereotyped as tall. 

This makes no sense. The average Italian American is probably 5'7 whereas young English/German Americans are 5'10-5'11. How are you gonna call a 5'7 white dude very short when you don't even know his background? 

Yes, obviously Northern European ancestry far outnumbers Southern European ancestry in the US, but it's still strange to hold all white people to a 5'10 standard.

Pretty sure when people hear about a white man they picture someone of Northern European ancestry.
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(04-10-2018, 10:54 PM)crux777 Wrote:
(04-10-2018, 09:50 PM)bestfriends Wrote: White Americans are always treated as a homogenous group on height discussions, and are stereotyped as tall. 

This makes no sense. The average Italian American is probably 5'7 whereas young English/German Americans are 5'10-5'11. How are you gonna call a 5'7 white dude very short when you don't even know his background? 

Yes, obviously Northern European ancestry far outnumbers Southern European ancestry in the US, but it's still strange to hold all white people to a 5'10 standard.

Pretty sure when people hear about a white man they picture someone of Northern European ancestry.

Yes, also young Italians are taller than 5'7", so they're still taller than most Middle Easterners, Hispanics and Asians, but like you said those people are usually thinking about people of Germanic and Celtic ancestry. After all we're the most influential people in the world.
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(04-11-2018, 11:13 AM)bigfish Wrote:
(04-10-2018, 10:54 PM)crux777 Wrote:
(04-10-2018, 09:50 PM)bestfriends Wrote: White Americans are always treated as a homogenous group on height discussions, and are stereotyped as tall. 

This makes no sense. The average Italian American is probably 5'7 whereas young English/German Americans are 5'10-5'11. How are you gonna call a 5'7 white dude very short when you don't even know his background? 

Yes, obviously Northern European ancestry far outnumbers Southern European ancestry in the US, but it's still strange to hold all white people to a 5'10 standard.

Pretty sure when people hear about a white man they picture someone of Northern European ancestry.

Yes, also young Italians are taller than 5'7"

He was talking about Italian Americans, who mostly came from Sicily. Young Italians are around 5'7 in the US
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