Nowadays lots of races are stereotyped, but African Americans is one of the most frequent racial groups that are stereotyped. Negative stereotypes of African Americans have been around ever since slavery. The stereotypes served a strong purpose, to allow other races to be afraid of African Americans; this thinking comes from slavery; the captured Africans were presented as dangerous and violent and as pagans who would benefit from the civilizing influence of slaveholders. Unfortunately, this thinking is still going on about African Americans today. One of the most recent problems occurring today is racism in the media. Stereotyping in television and movies as well as economics has reached a peak. The people who stereotype are mainly people who haven’t been around African Americans, they only associate us as a sports figure, rappers, and the list goes on, therefore; the media is a large part of the stereotyping of African Americans. I also believe that African Americans are stereotyped because of their speech as indicated in bell hooks, article “Talking Back”. (200)
The way the media stereotypes African American, people often are left with the impression that we are lazy, thieves, uneducated, feeling that most African Americans do not have a voice to be heard. A lot of African American’s were raised with old southern values. “In the world of the southern black community…. (I) grew up in back talk and talking back meant speaking as an equal to an authority figure. It meant daring to disagree and sometimes it just meant having an opinion.” (200) I was raised similar to bell hooks, “in the old school children were meant to be seen and not heard.”(200). The media is still to this day playing off the old slave mentality, not looking at us as being educated and can contribute to our community.
Finally, back in the early 1920’s African American’s been only allowed to perform in movies as waiters, butlers, housekeepers, nannies and cooks; never allowed to get a...
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