Racial Stereotypes Persist

Racial Stereotypes Persist

By Shae Mitchell Have you ever stopped and wondered why African American love stories always end up badly? How they’re portrayed as being cheaters, liars, and disease carriers. The white community can also be portrayed this way, but not as much as a African American would be. Watching movies such as Temptation, Addiction, About Last

By Shae Mitchell

TemptationHave you ever stopped and wondered why African American love stories always end up badly? How they’re portrayed as being cheaters, liars, and disease carriers.

The white community can also be portrayed this way, but not as much as a African American would be. Watching movies such as Temptation, Addiction, About Last Night, Hairspray and plenty of more movies, each movie consisted of the husband being cheated on and the female character ended up carrying a disease, and she died in the end or her family was torn apart.

Compare that story line to movies like “The Fault in Our Stars, The Notebook, The Best of Me, Endless Love, Warm Bodies, Dear John, and plenty more. In these movies they are madly in love with one another and plan on being with each other forever. They have a few mishaps but nothing too serious.

the_fault_in_our_starsBack in the 1800s white performers were usually involved in a Minstrel shows which is an american entertainment consisting of comic skits, variety acts and they used a form of theatrical make up to represent a black person and this was called blackface.

Minstrel shows portrayed and copied black people in stereotypical and also disparaging ways, as ignorant, lazy and buffoonish. Recently, singer, actress and dancer Julianne Hough used blackface to create a halloween costume after Uzo Aduba character in “Orange Is the New Black Suzanne also known as Crazy eyes.”

According to Robert M. Entman and Andrew Rojecki authors of “The Black Image in the White Mind” African American’s that are seen in movies the number one question is how well are they being represented? 89% of female characters that are black are shown using vulgar profanity rather than a white female character it’s only 17%. 55% of black female characters iare shown being restrained rather than a white female character which is 6%, and last 56% of black female characters are shown being physically violent whereas white female character are only 11%.

the_best_of_meIn some people’s eyes, this could be revealed as mocking the black community, and in some ways making them look very foolish. In my eyes, blackface shouldn’t have been created and shouldn’t be used because it can be offensive.

There really isn’t a simple solution to this problem, but in some ways people are working on themselves and including African Americans in more movies and making their romance movies less depressing.

I don’t think that any other culture would appreciate others putting on make-up and making them look foolish and also mocking them, so why would they feel comfortable mocking us?

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