The Representation Of African Americans Essay

1944 Words Jul 22nd, 2016 null Page
The purpose of this study is to examine the representation of African-Americans in media during the 1980s and 1990s and the changes in the perception of African-Americans by Caucasian-Americans. This study examines perception including: lifestyle, criminality, education, and humanity. This study is important for America’s society as it reveals and analyzes the relationship between whites and blacks throughout this critical era of America. Also, the black experience displayed in media (television, music, and movies) allows exposure to others which in turn affects their future attitudes. Is it possible, as an example, for white people to learn to accept black people as humans? On the other hand, will the relationships worsen and create tension between the two groups? As a member of the black community, it is my duty to critically analyze the representation of black America in media and to assess liberation. Often times, African-Americans are assumed to be violent, uneducated, or simply beast-like. However, contrary to popular belief, the reason behind such false ideas is a result of the lack of incentive to learn about the Black Community. In 2015, with the release of the biopic Straight Outta Compton, white people were exposed to behind the scene footage of the rap group NWA. As a result, people have a better understanding about rap music, it is a reflection of, more often than not, the harsh black reality. This realization has formed the goal; to actively utilize my…

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