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Racism in Media/ Stereotypes

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Kailyn Brown

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Racism in Media/Stereotypes
A stereotype is a widely oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person, group or thing.

• a basic judgment or generalization about a specific group of people as a whole, so they won't have control over their own identity.

By stereotyping, we infer that a person has different abilities and characteristics because of what group they “belong” to.
Not all stereotypes are negative.

Racism in Media
A belief that race is the primary determinant of human capabilities and limited characteristics, which creates an inherent superiority over other race(s).
Example of Group Stereotypes
Types of Stereotypes
1. Race
2. Cultures
3. Gender (i.e. Men and Women)
4. Sexual (i.e. Homosexual, transgender, etc.)
5. Groups of individuals (i.e. preps, jocks, nerds, goths, skaters, etc.)
6. Age
By: Kailyn Brown, Winnetka Castrillo,
Margaret Courter and Jaden Osborne

Do the Right Thing
Racism between each race
Violence vs. Submissive dichotomy: Malcolm X and Martin Luther King
'Black' vs. 'White Black'
"They're black, but they're not really black. They're different."
What does he mean by this?
Example of Black/White Racism
Lack of Diversity
Under-Representation Leads to Misrepresention
Under-representation leads to Misrepresentation = Stereotyping
Limited Roles of Servitude
Hattie McDaniel
Viola Davis
People of Color playing antagonists
White Savior Complex
Native Americans
New York City without diversity
Why Misrepresentation and Under-Representation is Prevalent
"The film industry does not exist in a vacuum; it is part of a larger culture, and our attitudes about gender and race are extremely deeply held. Those attitudes don't change overnight or with an Oscar win." -Martha Lauzen
“One of my theories as to why Asian American playwrights are not often produced is that many producers seem more interested in hearing “Asian from Asia” stories (more comfortable with keeping us in view as the perpetual foreigner, subconsciously or not..." -
Christine Toy Johnson , an award-winning writer, actor, filmmaker, and inclusion advocate.
“…I think the problem lies both in programming
(lack of writers of color being produced)
and lack of non-traditional casting
(lack of actors of color being cast in roles that are not culturally-specific, or presumed to be Caucasian)
. Again, a vicious circle. Few stories about us plus few opportunities to portray non-race specific roles add up to some pretty sad numbers.”
in Media
“The media uses stereotypes as a shorthand method of defining characters in ways that are easy for people to identify and categorize” (Padgett, “Racial and Racist Stereotypes in Media”).
Early Whitewashing
Whitewashing Today
Asians and Martial Arts
When actors of color are not playing stereotypical roles, they often play 'tokens'
Tokens' Characteristics:
Lack of screen time
-end up with flat characters
-Lines revolve around lead, usually white characters
-not enough time to flesh out a character that the audience can relate to

Sometimes, token characters have an accent.
Some can serve as pure comedic relief or to diminish stereotypes.
Either way, the characters are often not as three dimensional as the lead.
"So that is how to create a single story, show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become…
All of these stories make me who I am. But to insist on only these negative stories is to flatten my experience and to overlook the many other stories that formed me. The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story."
Manna Nichols as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady
George Takei's play, 'Allegiance'
Quevanzhané Wallis as Annie
By Race:
-lawn service
-circus performers
-any culture specific locations

By Gender:

By Age
Job Stereotpyes
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