In The Black Male: Handbook: A Blueprint for life. Kevin Powell says “Images of black men in the media have been distorted for long in the country that many of us don’t even recognize dangerous images when we see them. We are desensitized to them because we them so much in popular culture, and because they’ve... ... middle of paper ... ...e film media have ascribed to the black community. Also films, such as Boyz in the Hood and Menace II Society have become multi-million dollar success stories with criminal portrayals of young blacks. This portrayal, over time, has fostered false beliefs in white America regarding the way we perceive and view blacks.
But these monstrous portrayal, stereotypes of black men are still being reinforced because of the media. The media has a powerful influence in the everyday thoughts and lives of Americans, it acts as a model for many individuals. Black men are constantly being portrayed by the media to fit into the stereotypical roles of society. The typical roles are all too often the black sidekick of a white protagonist, the token black person, the comedic relief, the absentee father or most damaging, the violent black man as drug-dealing criminal and gangster thug. People tend to infer the images and messages of black men to mean that they aren’t doing anything positive and that crime will only be the reason a black man will approach you.
In most cases black communities were a result of economics; black people created comm... ... middle of paper ... ...y rather than call the police when a fight or some other disturbance occurred would deal with the situation themselves. Both Native Son and Makes Me Wanna Holler contain strong black males who are struggling to find their place in a society dominated by white people. Their hate, discontent, and frustration are byproducts of a society that neglects their equality, liberty, justice and needs. I am not saying that the violent acts committed by Bigger and Nathan is justified, by the way black people are treated in this country. Society must stop pointing the figure at black people or whoever the scapegoat at the time is and takes responsibility for what it has created.
Society fails at identifying how hard African Americans work to get a job or when they have one just to avoid discrimination. Not all the stereotypes are negative but the main ones that affect how people look at the black race are. The stereotypes that say African Americans are athletic, religious, and musically gifted are actually positive ones until people outside of the black co... ... middle of paper ... ...Jealousy." MyBrotha.COM - Magazine For Black Men And The Black Community.
These are not the only factors that affect African American males but these are some of the common factors that affect the educational attainment of African American males. This is should be a concern because there may be something that can be done to prevent the disparity of educational attainment among African American males and white males. It can be argued that there is no way a person can develop positive self-expectations and self-mastery if they are daily being feed negative views of how society sees them. Societal expectations play a role in this development. Negative images of African American males are constantly being viewed in the media creating a source of negative stereotypes (Jackson and Moore 2008).
The African American men and women had been so put down by the whites, that voting to them became too much of a hassle. Even though views toward voting seemed hopeless, Du Bois spoke out the with the biggest question of them all “It is possible, and probable, the nine million of men can make effective progress in economic lines if they are deprived of political rights” (The Souls of Black Folk 5)? How could African Americans build their lives, if they had no say in any of it? It was clear to Du Bois that voting was essential, without it his people would not be able to li... ... middle of paper ... ...all daily freedoms, the African American people would finally be seen as equal to their white brothers and sisters. Works Cited Du Bois, W.E.B.
There are many theories from lack of inclusion in society to Imperialist Patriarchy. Whatever the cause the issue needs to be resolved. Toby S. Jenkins (Mr. Nigger), Hooks (We Real Cool Black Men and Masculinity) and T. C. Howard ( Who Really Cares? The Disenfranchisement of African-American Males in PreK-12 Schools) attempt to address the issues that have led to the Black male being an underachiever and what can be done to resolve these issues and put Black men on the same playing field as their counterparts.
The image of the black male today and even years ago is one that is socially constructed with the many stereotypes and images that surround black males. Racial stereotypes are socially constructed beliefs that all members of the same racial group share that same characteristic, and in most cases are characteristics that are negative. There are stereotypes that include ideas such as black intellect, innate criminality and the fact they are subhuman. These negative stereotypes do not reflect the reality of the black male today, just as these images were not accurate depictions of the black males of our past. Even with these incorrect depictions of the black male, the negative stereotypes have remained and have even become accepted by non-blacks, but also by blacks.
Black people around the world have been hypnotized into believing all their failures in life are due to discrimination, but are they correct? Blacks are often their own worst enemies, often the cause of their own disasters, and many don’t see that until it’s too late, if ever. Discrimination and prejudice are imposed upon Blacks, often because the culture they live in is not “acceptable” to the dominant society. On the other hand, an understandable reason for Blacks actions is often due to unattainable opportunities towards the American Dream. Are African Americans perpetuating their own stereotypes about their culture?
Many of the characters in the movie had a stigma about another character/race. For example, Jean assumed that Daniel was in a gang due to his tattoos and baggy clothes. This showed how perception and race can lead people to the wrong conclusion about how people really are. When looking observing Daniel, it does look a little like what people would think a gang member would look like, but in reality Daniel is just a father who just works as a locksmith to support his family and trying to give them the best life they could have. The main cause of the racism and hate toward white people in the black community would have to be the oppression and injustice that the black race went through years ago, and many are still fighting today.