Black Ish Stereotypes

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Introduction In 2012, a young man named Trayvon Martin was gunned down in Florida by neighborhood patroller George Zimmerman. Martin, 17, was unarmed, but because of his “thuggish” and “suspicious” attire, he was killed in cold-blood. When taken to trial, Zimmerman was found not guilty. This case and the unpopular verdict created a racial divide between the nation, or exposed the divide that had already existed. Fast forward two years later. Black, unarmed teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by White policemen Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. This town soon became a town of terror and violence as family, friends, and average citizens were distraught by the indictment of Darren Wilson. Meanwhile, in Cleveland, Ohio, 12-year-old …show more content…
I believe Black-ish is extremely beneficial to our society because it deflects what society thinks they know about the average Black family. “Hope” is an example of what the reality is for Black families who sit in front of their televisions to watch situations like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, or Tamir Rice’s. This episode is raw and brings out a lot of emotion.
Research Questions Does the show Black-ish help to address and defy the stereotypes generalized within Black or African American families? How can shows like Black-ish do more to depict the actual world we live in? Should parents continue to sugarcoat the world or should they allow their children see it for what it really is? As stated before, Black-ish addresses a stereotype every week that is put upon the Black community. This show was created at a perfect time in history, a time during racial division and tension. Since the start of the Black Lives Matter movement, non-people-of-color have been walking egg shells because they are not sure what offends Black people. Black-ish “is able to go deep, but be funny” while discussing and eliminating those negative or confusing notions put upon Black
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Prime-time shows that are highly anticipated do usually create fictional worlds to help its audience escape the realness of their own lives, but once the show is over, we cannot escape our own reality. “Hope” did a great job to show the attitudes of all age groups, young and old. Lastly, “Hope” did a good job of depicting the challenge parents face when confronting their children with “the talk”. Though it is not an easy situation to explain, the Andre and Bow both understand this is a situation their kids need to know. Growing up in a middle-class neighborhood and receiving their education at predominately White schools, the Johnson children might not be learning about the history being made around

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