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African American Stereotypes in the Media

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Chloe Ingram

on 7 July 2011

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Transcript of African American Stereotypes in the Media

The Mass Media and African American Stereotypes "The problem of the 20th century is the color line"-W.E.B. Du Bois From Presidents to Nobel Peace Prize winners, it seems as though many African Americans have tried to overcome this negative portrayal in the media. Despite the many exceptions to these stereotypes, those who feed into them fail to see past the exterior of the African American race and base solely off they see in the media. Even humorous cartoons have made a mockery of the African American race. The picture the media has painted of criminals in general is primarily that of a black criminal population and less of a white one. The criminal stereotype that the music industry has seemed to glorify makes it difficult to diminish these stereotypes. Artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nas, and Common are veering away from the 'typical' stereotype which is focusing on content rather than an overbearing image. The black athlete has been idolized as swift, cunning, and evasive it is no wonder many associate blacks with sports. Despite blacks achievements in athletics, many feel it is the one thing that they can be sucessful at. The media has been notorious for stereotypically portraying African Americans as less than what they really are. The African American influence on today’s society is swiftly changing, because of those who have succeeded rather than those who choose to feed into this stereotype. In the beginning the media has down played African American achievements, making them seem as though they are insignificant and focusing on the negative aspects. Over time the Medias’ portrayal of the African American community has changed.
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