African Americans & stereotyping
Nowadays lots of races are stereotyped, but African Americans are one of the most frequent racial groups stereotyped against. Negative stereotypes of African Americans have been around ever since slavery. The stereotypes served a strong purpose. The stereotypes justified enslavement of Africans. The captured Africans were presented as dangerous and violent and as pagans who would benefit from the civilizing influence of slaveholders. They were said to be like ignorant little kids, and would receive help from slaveholders.
One of the most recent problems occurring today is racism in the media. Stereotyping in television and movies has reached a peak. The media gives children negative views of African American lifestyle. There are T.V. shows that depict African Americans in a way that is not true. There’s even a video game about with an African American as the main character and the only thing that he does is kill, rob and have sex with people. The people who stereotype are mainly people who haven’t been around African Americans and go by the only thing that they see about African Americans. So therefore the media is a large part of the part of stereotyping of African Americans.
One of the most famous examples of internalization of stereotypes is the experiment first used in the case of Brown vs. the Board of education in 1954. The Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision that the "separate but equal" clause was unconstitutional because it violated the children's rights by separating them solely on the classification of the color of their skin. (The Case 2) In this experiment black children were shown almost identical dolls, the only palpable difference being skin color, because one doll was black and one was white. When the children were questioned on which doll was pretty, nice, smart, clean and gregarious, child after child pointed to the white doll. However, when asked which doll was ...