Based on the studies of Goffman, stigma is “a discrepancy between actual and virtual social identity that causes us to alter our estimation of them downward.” An example of this would be the labeling theory. In the labeling theory we label people based on how we see them. For example, we see a young boy walking down the street with a sweatshirt on and he has his hood up. Without knowing him, we would label him as a thug just because of the attire that he is wearing. But actually he is a nice boy that is still in school. Another example is when we see people with iPhones, mac laptops, a nice car, and we label that their family is rich and bought them all those nice things. But actually, he bought all those things himself because he works his butt off. We label people all the time without knowing who they really are. We should stop doing this because we don’t know them personally and don’t know what is going on in their lives.
I also am a person who labels people based on how I see them. For example, I always thought that the rapper 2 chainz was an idiot, who dropped out of school, and couldn’t rap. But recently I found out that he played college basketball, and graduated with a 4.0 GPA in 3 years at a 4-year school. This all goes with the saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover!”