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Do ethnic stereotypes in comedy movies impact how American a

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Jessica Williams

on 26 April 2016

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Do ethnic stereotypes in comedy movies impact how American adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 perceive African-American culture?
African-American demographic constantly stereotype.
Dates back to the reign of slavery, the stereotype
("Sambo"= simple-minded, docile slave eager to serve his master (Green, 1998).
"Mammy" = the indoor servant who cared for the children of her superior more than she cared for her own --> overpower Sambo to assert black inferiority
Black peoples appearing as creatures akin to apes or monkeys, in order to emphasize that they were savages
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Racial stereotypes often used in comdies
Dr. Yurii Horton, Eric Brown, and Raagen Price of Stanford University: "media sets the tone of our morals, values, and beliefs" (Horton, Price, & Brown, 1999).
People learn about the world around them through visual media
Focusing on 13-17 year olds
Dr. L.P. Spear has shown that the mind is more malleable during adolescent years than it is during adulthood (Spears, 2000).
Minorities, such as African-Americans, have been depicted in news as criminals (Pornskulvanich, 2007; Entman, 2012; Rigoglioso, 2008; Lee, 2013; Ramasubramanian, 2010).
Suggest that these constant depictions of African-Americans potentially lead to negative interactions between police officers and African-American suspects.
Depictions in visual media help explain to viewers understand how the world around them functions (Glenn and Cunningham, n.d.; Coltrane and Messineo, 2000; Layden, n.d.; Robert and Lichter, n.d, and Deskins and McIntyre, 2013).
Interactions seen between two people in an image or an environment --> action in image produces positive reaction --> viewer most likely to mimic (observational learning) (Myers, 2007, p. 743)
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