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.
The problem lies here as “the ways in which rap has been consumed has had a deleterious (harmful) affect on how black people have been viewed not only in the united States but also globally” (Belle 2014.) By reducing an entire culture to a few stereotypes not only are you erasing the previous history of their race and the struggles they’ve been through but it also removes their individual identities and leads to an idea of them all being the same which doesn’t let them express themselves
They felt helpless and viewed the government in a very strong negative way based on the lack of help African American’s were given in the contexts of housing, education, and living. As rap music developed and more artists started bringing their own styles to the hip hop community more messages were being brought. Hip hop as a culture was formed on the political views of many black gang bangers who society cast aside and never thought would even be able to have political thoughts. In the mid nineties rap changed in a way that surprised many by having female artists come onto the scene. They were usually portrayed in a degrading manner by male artists in their lyrics and videos, but now women came forward and described themselves as sexual beings and how they have power over men based on their sexuality.
She illuminates the hidden causes of the harsh sexism in rap music lyrics and argues that one needs to look deeper to understand why the misogyny exists and how women in her culture need to respond and also start taking responsibility for its existence in order for changes to begin to take place. In the article “ From Fly -Girls to Bitches and Hos “ the dysfunction of our black men is evident, but somehow it’s seen and admired manliness and success. For example the life of Notorious BIG was one of the rap kings that live a life of jail, sex , drugs and murder that “ the seeming impenetrable wall of sexism in rap music is really the complex mask of American often wear both to hide “ . Joan Morgan was vivid as to show the pain men must be feeling so badly that they had to use disrespectful slurs and hateful comment says their music lyrics. I agree with the fact that in today’s society the "bitches and hos" have become the norm.
Despite heavy criticism over the years rap music painted a picture of the harsh realities and oppression of individuals in inner city areas in the United States and served as effective means of resistance. In “Criteria of Negro Art”, W.E.B Du bois claims that all art is propaganda and is created to convey a message. In addition, Du Bois believed art can be used for the purpose of racial uplift, especially in the African-American community. He also ponders how art produced by African-Americans will be perceived by society. African-Americans or oppressed groups in general have been dehumanized in society, therefore, it would appear difficult for the groups that are higher in power to take their work in consideration.
Williams targets rap music, the “public airwaves”, and the mass who listens and watches. To narrow the public, she targets mostly male African Americans. Williams paraphrases Isiah Thomas on how it is offensive for a white man to call black women a demeaning name but it was okay for a black man to do so. Taking into consideration Isiah’s comment, using profanity against women, he understands using such a word to name women is unacceptable. Although he has not fully developed the idea that it is unacceptable no matter who says it but the thought was there.
Are Black and hip-hop culture two separate entities, or two cultures that go hand-in-hand and rely on each other? The line of distinction between the two cultures is often blurred and ignored when making accusatory statements, particularly in the debate that hip-hop music is a violent and negative influence upon its audience. Although hip-hop music is thought to be violent and filled with negative content by the general audience, particularly that of non-listeners, people will place the blame for this on Black culture. While the two cultures are often intermixed and associated with one another, the idea that hip-hop mirrors and glorifies Black stereotypes instead of being Black culture itself is still open to debate. Black people are often
But hip-hop was increasingly attracting large audiences and its supporters were ready to fight the censors who they believed were taking away their constitutional right of freedom of speech, and the freedom of the urban black culture to express itself. What critics of rap music don't comprehend is that rap music is a part of our culture, which is impossible to ignore. Although it may be untraditional, it is a very eloquent form of expression that illustrates the conditions and feeling of a vibrant African -American young culture Hip-hop is constantly attacked in the music world. Many music critics argue that rap is not a valid form of music. This attack on rap music isn't only restricted to critics, many people of older generations have similar attitudes regarding this style of music.
Rap music allows artists to express the feelings of urban youth who battle unemployment, poverty and racial discrimination. Unfortunately, the images that have been created by hip hop are often associated with crime, drugs and violence. As Ogbar states, there is “an essential premise that presupposes that there are particular traits or characteristics innate to black people. African American young males are typically viewed as naturally criminal and violent.” (Ogbar, page 68). In order to maintain their authenticity, the rappers music is tied to dysfunction and gangster behavior which allows the world to believe black people are criminals.
Around the country black males are stereotyped to be violent, mischievous, disrespectful, lazy and more. Black males are seen as a threat to people of different ethnicities whether it is in the business world, interactions with law enforcement or even being in the general public. The misperceptions of black males the make it extremely difficult for us to thrive and live in modern society. Ultimately, giving us an unfair advantage simply due to the color of our skin; something of which we have no control. Though many may not want to believe it, young black men are stereotyped in the business world.