Mass Media Influences On The Misperceptions Of African American Women

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Mass Media Influences on the Misperceptions of African American Women Stereotypes diminish individuals through simplified and exaggerated characteristics and insist that these traits are natural qualities (Love). In a speech by Malcolm X, Civil Rights Activist, he says, “The most disrespected person in America is the Black Woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black Woman.” African American Women make up approximately seven percent of the United States population, a majority of the seven percent “have many reasons to feel this deep sense of dissatisfaction” (Jones, Shorter-Gooden). African American Women lives are governed by a set of obsolete oppressive myths circulating in the White-dominated world (Jones, Shorter-Gooden). In today’s society there is an eclectic of negative imaged stereotypes of African American Women characterized as Mammy, Sapphire, Jezebel and Superwomen. African American Women continue to be demoralized, ridiculed, and misunderstood due to stereotypes created dating as far back to slavery; Mass media and other dominant social influences have convinced society that African American Women are inferior by portraying negative images, which have shaped today’s perception of African American Women. Throughout the period of slavery in America, white society believed black women to be innately lustful beings, due to white women in the nineteenth century being portrayed as pure and prudent women (Hallam). Female slaves were stripped of…

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