The notion of self-hatred present in African American culture is irrefutable, as is the fact that it is misconstrued, and unchallenged. The unparalleled powerful emotion of internalized self-hatred currently plaguing the minds of numerous Blacks is abnormal phenomenon developed over centuries. It is not a nameless occurrence empty of coherent justification. It is the consequence of an intentionally condemned system of suppression and oppression. Society has established a massive approach to preserve the notion of white normality.
Black self-contempt seeping into African American culture is irrefutable, as is the fact that it is misconstrued, unchallenged, and undervalued. The unparalleled intense emotion of internalized self-hatred currently plaguing the minds of numerous Blacks is not an ordinary phenomenon developed from centuries of evolution. It is not a nameless occurrence empty of a coherent justification. It is simply the consequence of an intentionally condemned system of suppression and control. An enormous scheming method used for preserving the present grand image of society.
Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is well renowned for giving accurate insight on racism in the southern United States in the early twentieth century, an issue that is still controversial in present day. Racism creates inequalities amongst different ethnic groups that have implications on the mental well being of individuals. The culture of racism needs to be put to an end as it is destructive for all members of society. Racism creates multiple inequalities among society. In this sense, inequality is created when individuals are dehumanized within the justice system when characterized by stereotypes and degrading labels.
Blacks were subject to the culture that slavery instilled in them. They were also living in overcrowded areas were frustration led to violence. The media was aggravating already problematic situations. Finally the discriminatory court system failed to protect and serve the black people. The evidence clearly explains black violence.
The negative stereotypes are black people blames every discriminated against them due to race. TV shows also depict them as lazy and stupid (Rome, 2004). Effects of stereotypes on people with African-American background The effects of stereotype behaviors and beliefs against black people have both good and bad influence. However, the adverse impact has outweighed the positive results. For example, the stereotype belief that all black people are thieves or associated with all the social evils in the society has led to police brutality (Couillard, 2013).
Women were looked down and they were considered to be worth less then men, or even not as important. Racism and discrimination are all over in this novel. Joseph Conrad makes some remarks about blacks that are very disturbing and racist. One example of this is when he says, "…the thought of their humanity-like yours…Ugly" (Conrad). This just goes to show how Conrad was a complete racist.
This inequality serves as a notice of how ingrained the degradation blacks have induced and to the lengths whites have gone to ensure they remain a lower or sub class. Through out the entire book Jordan makes assumptions and places sort of a personal view on this historical tragedy. He supports the idea that there grew a distinct attitude forming and evolving repressing the African as a society. The most important thing which can be gathered from this book, the idea that the constant and gradual suppression of the African in the colonies and United States led to a mentality of superiority among Caucasians over those of color.
Andrew Heberek discusses the psychological and emotional problems African Americans faced in society due to social remarks. Some of the problems Heberek discussed are African Americans lack of individualism. Mozora Sandler and David Briggs in their study incorporated the percentage of African Americans who are discriminated in American society. Marjorie Pryse and Michael Hardin both incorporate the inner struggles African Americans were facing in society and how their identity was interfered. Overall, the social remark American society has imposed towards the minority has led the majority of African Americans to be invisible.
The African American community is still slave to a white supremacy mentality and goals. The overall goal being to damage African Americans to the extent where even after slavery they would still be mental slaves, a non threat to American social structure. The systematic conditionings from music, magazines, TV shows, and even school, minorities as a whole are excluded in representations leaving the children to idolize white figures such as white a Jesus or a white Santa Clause. Constant exposure to influential figures of the white race leaves these African Americans hating themselves and striving to be the same barbaric savages that inhumanely abused them continuously in history.
Shetterly writes that “the cruelty of racial prejudice was so often accompanied by absurdity, a tangle of arbitrary rules and distinctions that subverted the shared interests of people who had been taught to see themselves as irreconcilably different” (Shetterly). Shetterly, throughout the book, often reminds us that the racial prejudice that black people had to suffer through as a result of the system which influenced the people. In popular culture today, we can see the binary at work in a number of ways. Since the civil rights movement “the linkage between Blacks and crime was galvanized. The stereotyping of Blacks as criminals is so pervasive throughout society that “criminal predator” is used as a euphemism for “young Black male.” This common stereotype has erroneously served as a subtle rationale for the unofficial policy and practice of racial profiling by criminal justice practitioners” (Welch).