The End Of Slavery During The 19th Century Essay

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The ending of slavery during the 19th century was only the beginning of another major battle for Black Americans. Although the captivity of the black body took place over a century ago, it has shaped the way Black people, Black women in particular, are treated in American society. White supremacist and racist ideology that began during slavery have evolved from explicit racial cues such as the lynching and beating of the black body to more implicit ones that have made their way into mainstream media, one of the most important agents of socialization. Implicit racial cues that range from playing in degrading roles to not being casted at all have the power to shape the way consumers create reality, which in some cases, can be just as harmful as explicit racial cues. These misrepresentations perpetuate the misconceptions regarding Black women’s existence and the often time no representation indicates that Black women occupy no important social space (Eschholz et. al, 2002). Three common stereotypes that are prevalent in films that are intended to be about Black women are the Mammy, Jezebel and Sapphire stereotypes. Although many thought that negative stigmas and images would be left behind as Black women’s equality to their White counterparts slowly developed, they have been appearing more frequently on our big screens in major films that are broadcasted worldwide. The portrayal of Black women as the Mammy, Jezebel and Sapphire stereotypes provide an explanation for their…

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