Racism In The Medi Images Of Black Males In Popular Media

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In a nation that was built by slaves with their blood, sweat, and tears for about two hundred forty-five years, it is hard to detect the demolishing of racism in America 's future. America has a rich history of people of European descent being immoral and unethical towards minorities through many forms. The people of European descent continued the “Us vs. Them” idea and kept their superiority by placing laws that separated themselves from the minorities and provided certain privileges to white Americans. Although our founding fathers and ancestors did not have the brain of cavemen, they did not have half of the knowledge or the technology that we have now have in America, but yet racism is still apparent and growing here. Since racism is not …show more content…
We see it on our television screens, read it in the magazine, listen to it on the radio, etc. The people who control the media has access to emit certain messages to their audience and may portray certain groups negatively. These negative images/descriptions can influence personal opinions, ideas and racial attitudes towards a certain group. Once these representations become familiar and accepted, they fuel misperceptions and perpetuate misunderstandings among the races. In the Huffington Post article, “Images of Black Males in Popular Media” by Daron T. Smith, the author states, “Capturing our imagination as a society, film exemplifies how media images provide us with a manufactured reality of misrepresentations that guides societal perceptions of black men, whether real or imagined.” In other words, the media usually portrays certain groups stereotypically, providing society an over-generalized idea on how certain groups act. When people have invalid ideas about a certain group it can lead to prejudice, discrimination, and racism. Popular media provides certain ideas about different races, only helping with the preservation of

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