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.
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