What about having positive contact between groups of people that hold hostile feelings toward one another? Do you think that might open eyes and tear down the negative stereotypes?
I am a firm believer that when people (groups or individuals) have contact with another group or individual to which has a negative stereotype attached is a great way to "test" the validity of the stereotype. Although only one interaction with a person or group with a stigmatized stereotype is not enough to "test" the stereotype's validity. For me, the history and political science teachers and professors I've had over my educational career were fond of "French Bashing". This continued when I moved to (West) Berlin, Germany in the early 1990s, as a result of the concessions of the Germans after WWII. The words I have normally heard describe the ...
This solution debates the merits of how having contact with a group, or representative of a group, that has a negative stereotype can definitely show that they are people, just like everyone else.