African American Stereotypes Essay

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African American or black, a race described as a minority, viewed as a lower rank race. The first remark of African Americans facing discrimination began in 1614 when slave trade became global, which was reinforced with the Jim Crow laws. These events played a significant role in how the Black race is represented today. In today’s world, with the help of stereotypes and media, the negative image is being promoted .Stereotypes are used to characterized a group of people. However , they put them in classification , believing that everyone within that group is alike. This way a majority of African Americans , including myself have felt or feel that they are these stereotypes, or anyone who acts like their classification is one. This changes a …show more content…
This is visible in everyday media such as music videos, films, the news, and social networking sites. When it comes to film making and music videos the black race is usually imaged as poor, low class, and in conflict with the law. On the other hand, other races such as the white race are rich, high or upper class and a positive character in plot. These are the assumptions and expectations of the influence that the media carries. In fact, Training Day, an American thriller film, stars Denzel Washington, who portrays a violent African American criminal and Ethan Hoyt plays as a police officer who tries to stop the violent crimes of criminals. In the film industry African American males are not the only one negatively stereotyped but also black women. The movie titles of films about African American women already give an idea of the negative stereotypes ,such as Baby Mama, Angry Black, Uneducated Sisters and Ratchet Women . African American women are expected to be ratchet, single mothers, as well as uneducated. Many music videos portray black women as seductive and sexual objects. For example, in Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” music video, African American women dance in a sexually proactive manner. The way the media promotes the stereotypes of the black race influences the society, causing people today to believe that is …show more content…
When it comes to an African American, receiving an education, most likely they would drop out of high school. The negative stereotypes of a black person influences young adults, such as being uneducated or becoming pregnant at young age.This also causes high school students to have low self esteem because these negative stereotypes slowly make them believe that is who they will become. As an African American female someone once told me that by the time I enter high school I will become pregnant because of my race. This is known as a “stereotype threat”. After recent studies from co-authors Valerie Taylor PhD ’09 and Gregory Walton, assistant professor, decided to divide and tell a group of African Americans stereotype threats to their race and not to another group, a week before they took and an exam. As a result the result of the exam was that the group told the stereotypes threats did poorly on the exam whereas the other group received accurate scores. Other races such as Caucasian are mostly given positive stereotypes like being wealthy and or educated. This way a majority of African Americans, including myself, have ever felt or feel that they are these stereotypes who they are believed to

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