Stereotypes: Black Women vs. White Women in the Media Essay

989 Words Dec 3rd, 2008 4 Pages
In today’s society, there are intricate and subtle racial patterns in the mass media that show how powerful images play a significant role in shaping the attitudes of Whites toward Blacks. White Americans, they show, learn about African Americans not through personal relationships, but through the images shown by the media. . In short, they conclude that although there are more images of African-Americans on television now than ever, these images are often harmful to the prospect of unity between the races. With the advancement of technology such as advertisement, there has always been a stereotypical view of how women are portrayed in the media. For hundreds of years, women have been viewed as sexual objects in the eyesight of many …show more content…
Berry has won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her role as Dorothy Dandridge in “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” in 1999. But it took her role in the movie “Monster’s Ball” to become the first African American women to ever win an Oscar. In one particular scene, in order for her to have obtained such an astounding award Halle Berry had to degrade and sexually exploit herself in the movie. Many white actresses before her have won numerous awards. They themselves did not have to subject to such a role to win a prestigious award like the Oscar. Nonetheless she deserved this outstanding award but has is it come to a point that Black women must lose their dignity and self respect to be acknowledged for their hard work in the entertainment industry? “The Huxtables” was the first television show that portrayed African Americans as an upper middle class family that was positive, successful and well rounded in all aspects. Clair Huxtable was the mother of five, who had a thriving career as a well educated attorney who balanced work and family outstandingly and most definitely had no time for nonsense. So for the first time an African American leading lady was indeed well represented and was looked upon as a role model by many. Since then according to www.associatedcontent.com, on television you only see few types of black women; “the loud, dark complected overweight female, the light complected sexy thin female,

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