Treatment and tolerance of non-whites in the 1600s
According to Audrey Smedley, white people in the 1600s were greedy and incredulous in their pursuit of financial gain, regardless of who suffered: "What's important to remember is that when the English established the colonies, they were motivated by greed. We don't talk about that very much in our history, that people are motivated by greed. But the earliest colonists came and took over whatever land they could get from the Indians. And by the 1620s or so, it was very clear they needed laborers to work that land. And that's when they established indentured servitude. [...] By 1680, you see the beginning of the changes. [...] They passed laws that gave Europeans privileges while they increasingly enslaved Africans. [...] All of the Europeans become identified as " white." And Africans take on a different kind of identity. They are not only heathens, but they are people who are perceived as vulnerable to being enslaved. And that's a major point."
In the United States, white people make up the majority of the nation's politicians, military leaders and corporate executives, while most minority groups have a smaller presence, and are less well-off. Other stereotypes of white people include the idea that they are all "extremely self-involved, uneducated about people other than themselves, and are unable to understand the complicated ways in which people who are not white survive."
Stereotypes of white people in general often reflect those of the "backward," "barely-educated" redneck sub-population.
The dumb blonde is a popular-culture derogatory stereotype applied to blonde-haired women, who are typically white. The archetypical "dumb blonde," while viewed as attractive and popular, has been portrayed as very promiscuous, as well as lacking in both common street-sense and academic intelligence, often to a comedic level. The dumb blonde stereotype is used in 'blonde jokes.'