Stereotypes Are A Part Of Everyday Life Essay

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Stereotypes are a part of everyday life, particularly for African Americans. There is a tendency to distort stereotypes one is unfamiliar with. This reality is a part of the movie industry. Throughout history African Americans in Hollywood films have experienced, being portrayed by whites commonly known as “blackface”, being used as servants “mammy” and repulsive obstacles in Hollywood to present day. For instance, African Americans have always been considered as second-class citizens since the start of this country. Blacks never have had a fair advantage in being completely equal to whites, especially in the media. Stereotypes that have pinned on blacks are that they are lazy, passive, violent, and animal-like. These labels are enhanced by the negative portrayal of blacks in the media. African American characters have appeared in American films since the beginning of the industry. However, blacks were not even allowed to be hired to play blacks in early works. Instead, whites were hired to portray the characters while in "blackface." Blackface was makeup used by a nonblack performer, mainly whites’ actress or actors playing a black role. The role played is typically musical and usually is considered offensive. For example, “The Birth of a Nation” was a film in 1915 that was a silent epic drama dialogue where the music helped have emphasis on the actions in the film. The music score will played an interlude to emphasize the
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