I had this weird conversation with my 5-year-old son yesterday.
J- (pointing at a picture) He's a bad guy
J- Yes, because his eyes are green. Bad guys have green eyes.
Me- I have green eyes.
J- Oh. But not really green eyes.
This may seem innocuous, even cute, but it parallels multiple conversations that I have been a part of or overheard that have perpetuated racist, sexist, heterosexist and various other stereotypes. It is also an example of how these beliefs continue, even with contradicting evidence.