African Americans and the Media Essay

654 Words May 20th, 2013 3 Pages
Kervin Delice
Professor Gia DeVillo-Younas
English 12 Section 25
22 April 2013
African Americans and The Media
African Americans are subject to stereotypes as if these stereotypes classify us as the type of people we are. Television shows tend to portray African Americans as loud, aggressive, violent, unfashionable and lacking etiquette. Examples of this are liberal shows such as “The Boondocks” and “Family Guy”. Both shows glorify behaviors that would make society assume African Americans are ‘Ghetto’. “Family Guy” and “The Boondocks” mock stereotypes of African Americans in a way that I find humorous but some viewers might find offensive.
“The Boondocks” is a show that demonstrates the ignorance within our society particularly
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According to the show, “a n*gga moment” is "A moment where ignorance overwhelms the mind of an otherwise logical Negro male causing them to act in an illogical, self-destructive manner. I.E., like a n*gga.” They are trying to say that black people cannot avoid altercations by any means because that’s who they are. A white man is shown bumping into a black male. The white male walks away because he says he is white while the black male tries to antagonize him to escalate the situation. This implies that white people can be civilized while black people are violent.
“Family Guy” is the kind of show that’s mocks everybody but it shows how people can purely associate actions with African Americans. In season 7 episode 5 of “Family Guy”, Peter Griffin is shown working as a secretary at a firm. He is wearing long acrylic nails and his body language is in lack of a better term ‘ghetto’. Peter gets a phone call from a person by the name of Laronda, he then says “Hey Laronda. No I have four people on hold but I can talk.” Peter is a white male but I made an inference from the use of the name Laronda, the acrylic nails and him being unproductive at work that they are stereotyping African American female receptionist. This shows how influential media portrayal can be.
African Americans are misrepresented by shows such as “Family Guy” and “The Boondocks” which portrays them, as people who do not have decorum, who are

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