A caricature is a device used in descriptive writing and visual arts where particular aspects of a subject are exaggerated to create to create a silly or comic effect.(Caricature) There were many caricatures made by the whites that are different in looks, style, behavior but at the end of the day these caricatures are made only in an attempt to conform African Americans and make them feel inferior themselves. These different caricatures include; Sambo, Mammy, Pickaninny, Brute, Zip Coon, and Black Rambo. One of the advertiser’s favorites, the mammy caricature, was one of the most well-known caricatures of the time.
The Mammy caricature was portrayed as a pitch black skinned, fat, and happy slave who served her master and mistress proudly. She had huge lips and was very docile meaning she gladly gave herself to the instruction and wicked ways of her master. Now while the men in those days were said to be the controllers of the black community, Mammy was considered to be the controller. In saying this, white people were trying to conform blacks to think of their men as weak. Mammy was meant to show that blacks, specifically black women, were content in their lives as slaves and did not want to be free. The evidence of supposed “humanity” in the institution of slavery was shown by Mammy’s large smile, her happy laughter, and her loyal servitude to her master and mistress.(The Mammy Caricature) The Mammy caricature was completely desexualized by the portrayal of her looks. These being; pitch black skin which was confirmed in society that black skin was ugly, morbidly obese and old. Mammy was deliberately constructed to suggest ugliness.(The Mammy Caricature) It was assumed that no white man would want a fat, old blac...
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...ry. Things such as the three black men with mug shots versus the three white men with school yearbook photos when arrested for the same crime serves as a perfect example of discrimination within the media. The media has a way of either bringing a people together or pulling them apart when events such as this happen. The media can be used to support things such as “Black Lives Matter” or “Black History Month”. By showing this and their support of such things, the media can spread their beliefs and support throughout the country who, in turn, may begin to support such things as well. Racial profiling and stereotyping is something that will always be present in American society but how it is portrayed, brought to light, and even how it is handled by the media, is one of the prime factors in bringing about the change that not only this country needs but the entire world.
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