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.
(210) The courts were striving to keep blacks at a level similar to slave laws. In this state of chaos it is no wonder why black crime was steadily rising. Many whites tried to explain black crime by stating that black people were inherently evil and violent, that they were biologically inferior. Those statements were obviously incorrect as it is clear why black crime was growing during the urban transformation. Blacks were subject to the culture that slavery instilled in them.
Karenga provides possible theories for Black on Black violence such as; Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Psychopathic Personality. Post-Traumatic Slave Disorder can be defined as “the legacy of hopelessness, self-hatred, despair, and self-destruction from the Holocaust of Enslavement” (Karenga, 2010). Psychotic Personality is defined as the “almost absence of ethical or moral development and an almost total disregard for appropriate patterns of behavior” (Karenga, 2010). These descriptions can be seen in the African American society. One of the Psychopathic Personality effects of living in a society rooted in White supremacy is that Blacks, throughout many scholars thesis are referred to as powerless, and hopeless, many talk about self-hatred, despair, and self-destruction (Karenga, 2010).
They claimed that they were scared and felt they might have been attacked or even killed (88). This is a legitimate excuse in a white American society that perpetuates negative images of African Americans. Whites have come to believe that their life is in danger every time they’re confronted with a black person and that some how their life is worth more than a black person’s life. Their fear and their bias is a manifestation of a deep-rooted media bias that anything black is bad and anything white is pure and good. This media bias has also been illustrated in the Susan Smith cas... ... middle of paper ... ...image we have seen, read, heard and ultimately come to believe of Malcolm X which is far from the truth.
This would have been a major factor in the promotion of the trivialization process and also the attaching of the conspiracy theorist stigma. Not only was this a manner of dismissing the Black man’s claims but it also helped to dehumanize him as well. Subsequent to examining America’s Colonial period we concluded that the phrase “whining nigger” would best describe our phenomenon. This would be the most likely phrase used to describe an outraged, outspoken Black man who was complaining about the inhumane brutality of slavery; for this was the angry Black man of the time. In contemplation of this notion we assert that one of the more familiar “whining niggers” during America’s... ... middle of paper ... ...as nice enough to make sure that Banneker’s manuscript was brought to the attention of the French Academy of Science.
He and his friends commit crimes, but only against other blacks; the group ... ... middle of paper ... ...l parts of the lives of the oppressed and the oppressor. None can escape it. However, the oppression is felt more strongly by the black masses, who are denied equality and made to suffer many injustices that should have never came into being. Wright wants the reader to come to realize that Bigger is a tragic responsibility of American society and culture, which are racist and cruel. The white world is obviously domineering and unwilling to give up power so that the “lesser people” rise in status.
On the personal level, these issues diminish the black identity and inhibit their growth. The issues force them to band together and conform to society’s perceptions, enabling ‘whiteness’ and keeping power in the hands of those racially predestined. Society instills the black identity from birth, in both blacks and whites. Therefore, what is at stake on the personal level is the removal of such an identity and the emphasis on the individual, not the race. On the social level, these issues continue to promote violence and a negative view of black people, reinforcing the acceptability of institutional racism.
Othello was the perfect example of power, which was not a normal presentation of African Americans. By making Othello a black leader, it rebelled the stereotyped norms of a black character, usually being the bad guy in books. Despite all the false allegations stating that Shakespeare is racist, Othello emphasizes the author’s insight into human equality through jealousy, revenge, and the use of prejudice. One of the main characters, Iago, who is Othello’s advisor and standard-bearer, also plays the role of a racist and jealous villain. He despises Othello, because he passed him up for a promotion to be lieutenant.
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.
This paper analyzes The media being one of the greatest influences of society perceptions, their false portrayal of African American males significantly impacts how society perceives and behaves towards them, and how black males see themselves as well as their opportunities and achievements. African Americans males a being perceived dangerous based on a false identity, misconceptions, and misinformation that are available in the media; this includes movies, news, television shows and rap music. This misconception can be traced as far back as slavery. The view of the African American male has been distorted and twisted by the media from the conception of African American enslavement and even through the so called color blind society of today. Stereotypes of African American men are often negative as the result of how slave owners viewed their thoughts of entitlement of ownership.