Reaction Paper Five It is often the case that media and more specifically, film, perpetuates the stereotypes of black men. These stereotypes include not showing emotion, being physically aggressive, embrace violence, supposed criminality, associated with drug use, lack a father figure, sexually exploit women, and others. In the film, Boyz n the Hood, Tre’s father, Furious Styles, encourages Tre to demonstrate loyalty to other people in relationships, resist aggressive behavior, and foster and exhibit sexual responsibility. Thus, throughout the film, Tre challenges the society’s stereotyped norms of black masculinity and what it means to be a black man. To begin, Tre learns to display loyalty to his family from his father. Black men are stereotyped as not wanting to work and having an inability to care for their children or their families. However, Furious seeks to prove this as a myth. The film illustrates Furious’s dedication to raising his son to be a respectable young man and provide for him. Not only does he instill self-responsibility in Tre but also, communal responsibility. Tre learns …show more content…
In fact, we could even say that the film is liberating because young black men are able to see themselves in a new reimagining of black masculinity in opposition to the stereotypes of whites and blacks alike. Although Boyz n the Hood helps to resist the stereotypes of young black men, and shed light on the real, lived experiences and institutional oppression of black people and young black men in particular, the film also reinscribes a stereotypical narrative that all black people are impoverished and become incriminated in gang activity. Not all black people experience poverty and gang activity. One could see this film as perpetuating the single black experience as if all black people are exactly alike and have exactly the same
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The way Staples structures this essay emphasizes his awareness of the problem he faces. The essay’s framework consists mostly of Staples informing the reader of a scenario in which he was discriminated against and then following it with a discussion or elaboration on the situation. This follow-up information is often an expression stating comprehension of his problem and than subtitle, logical criticisms toward it. For example, Staples describes women “fearing the worst of him” on the streets of Brooklyn. He then proceeds to declare that he understands that “women are particularly vulnerable to street violence, and young black males are drastically overrepresented among the perpetrators of that violence.” Staples supports this statement with information about how he had witnessed gang violence in Chester, Pennsylvania and saw countless black youths locked away, however, Staples pronounces that this is no excuse for holding every young black man accountable, because he was an example of a black man who “grew up one of the good boys” coming “to doubt the virtues of intimidation early on.” This narrative structure highlights that Staples is not a hypocrite because he is not show ignorance toward the problem he is addressing unlik...
John Singleton’s view of social problems in South Central Los Angeles happens in a tale of three friends growing up together. Doughboy and Ricky Baker are half-brothers and have opposite personalities. Ricky is a football player who hopes to win a scholarship and spends most of his time playing football. On the other hand, Doughboy is a young man who looks upon his environment for guidance. He is involved in violence, abusing drugs, and participates in violence. In between is their friend Tre, who actually has a father to teach him what is right from wrong. Furious Styles, who is Tre’s father in the film does everything in his strength to keep his son from becoming another startling statistic. As you can see, it is always important for parents to be a part of their child’s life because it can make a big difference not only in their life but also their child’s future.
All in all, Boyz N’ the Hood seems to be the epitome of deviance and social control examples. The whole premise of the movie relies upon it. Through the various theories such as: Differential association, Control-bond theory, Labeling theory, Rational-choice theory, and the Strain theory Boyz N’ the Hood can be seen through a new scope. Certain aspects of the film become more apparent when compared to just watching the film for entertainment.
Comparably, the criminalization of Black men in America is as prevalent and dangerous. In her 2004 work We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity, bell hooks eulogizes the 1997 film Amistad, praising its portrayal of Black men and the difference between this portrayal of Black men versus another movie that enforces the gangster and buffoon stereotypes. Reading through accounts of history, men back in Africa - where gender was determinative to their role in the community; these men were innocent until their right to dominated women was seen as necessary to be taught to them and this patriarchal masculinity was implemented into the minds of these young men. Part of reconstruction process of Black masculinity was, by many men, to fight; Frederick
Planning film starts with choosing the title of the movie. The title should suggest or should be in line with the theme or key message. The title of the movie is Boys N the Hood. A closer look at the title reveals that it is in some way related to the movie as whole. The structure and style of the movie is also reflective of the general purpose of the movie. Things to consider include how scene are cut, the specific scenes that constitutes film climax and why the film conclude in that particular way (Spadoni, 2014). Basically, the movie presents a case of a mother who realizes she can no longer raise her son by herself. The mother finally hands over all custodial rights to the father. Later in the movie, the son is in a car with friends who are planning to engage in serious crimes such as murder. The theme that the movie intends to pass is the impact of built in environment on the behavior of teenagers. However, in order to bring out this theme clearly, the producer and director need to plan many things such as the one mentioned above. The choice of the title “The Boy in the Hood” gives some hint towards the theme of in built environment. Hood is a place such as ghetto where order is not always observed. Teenagers can get easily misled through peer pressures while in hood. This means that audience can easily figure out what the movie is going to focus on right from the time they see the title. This is one planning steps taken by the producers of the
Set in lower-middle-class, predominately black, south central Los Angeles, a neighborhood where constant gunshots regularly interrupt study time and the sound of police helicopters flying above is a familiar tune, Boyz N the Hood is basically the story of three teenage friends coming
Boyz N Da Hood is a 1991 American teen hood drama film written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial and screenwriting debut, and starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long and Angela Bassett. This was the film debut for both Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut.
In conclusion Boyz N the Hood is a solid example of the everyday struggle and the lack of urban planning. The lack of planning leads to poverty and low income families flooding these areas and ghettos. The low income and poverty is the direct cause to crime and gang violence, which affects the families and the generations to come. The lack of father figures and horrible youth environment is no place for kids to grow up in. This whole cycle leads to bad behavior and a continual problem that will take generations easy to fix.
To conclude, the stereotypes that circulate in American society of young black men make it difficult for them to thrive and live peacefully in our society. These stereotypes cause issues in the business world, encounters with law enforcement and even everyday in the general public. It is unfair that young black men are only seen as statistics or stereotypes by the majority due to skin pigmentation. But as a whole, young black males suffer the consequences of the few imbeciles that play into these stereotypes. Though unfortunate and unfair but it is the duty of young black men to shift these negatives to positives. As well as, not play into these stereotypes and overcome.
Boyz n the Hood has been on my “to-watch“ list for quite some time now, but I never got around to watch it. I knew that the plot of the movie involved black characters dealing with the struggle that most black people living in the ghetto neighborhoods of Los Angeles have to go through. Such as racism, police brutality, robbery, same race violence and peer pressure. I am a big fan of 90‘s West Coast Hip Hop, Ice Cube being one of my favorite rappers. After I watched the movie Straight Outta Compton a friend of mine recommended this movie to me.
The movie revolves around Tre Styles, a young African American male growing up in the Crenshaw neighbourhood of South Central LA. The movie depicts Tre as an intelligent, young man who is guided by his father, Furious, who strongly encourages Tre to avoid falling victim to the violence that surrounds them. Tre’s friends involve Ricky, a high school football star looking to get into college and avoid the gang banging life while his half-brother, Doughboy, is a gangbanger for the Crips. Tensions rise and rise until finally members of the Bloods, a rival gang, shoot and kill Ricky. Tre and Doughboy swear to avenge Ricky, and Tre almost succumbs to a life of crime until he remembers his father’s words and turns back. Doughboy however, finds the Blood members responsible and shoots them dead, which results in him being murdered two weeks later. While this movie does not explicitly show how development in the area resulted to crime ridden neighbourhoods, it shows the devastating effects and how much of the youth there, as much as they try to avoid crime and gangbanging, end up falling victim to it anyways, like Ricky. As depicted in the movie, growing up around violence led Doughboy and his friends to become violent as it was the only way to survive (1991). This is how Boyz n The Hood displays the effects development has
The young males in the documentary both were raised in single mother households, and did not have the presence fatherly figure in their lives. Their mothers work tirelessly to provide for their families, which leaves little time for family bonding and a lot of time for the boys to either be alone or socialize with friends in the community. The school teacher, Ainsworth Morgan, also grew up in Regent Park and describes how the individuals behaviour and way of navigating things is different based on their socialization in Regent Park. The boys are constantly surrounded by young men who have dropped out of school, been in trouble with the law, and resorted to selling drugs as an easy means of living. The appeal of engaging in risky activities in times of boredom or hardship is all too familiar. Morgan describes how the temptation of the streets is much more attractive than what is occurring at home. He elaborates on several aspects of the spatial organization of the Regent Park community including the “lure of the streets” and the neighborhood’s tendency to overlook positive achievements. Morgan says in the documentary, “When you come back to the hood, you get more respect getting out of prison than you do getting your Master’s”. If this is what these individuals are constantly exposed to, it becomes the norm. This demonstrates how the socialization process among
The film “A League of Their Own,” depicts a fictionalized tale of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. This league was started during World War II when many of the Major Leagues Biggest stars were drafted to the war. MLB owners decided to start this league with hopes of making money while the men were overseas fighting. Traditional stereotypes of women in sports were already in force before the league even begins. One of the scouts letts Dottie, one of the films main characters she is the perfect combination of looks as well as talent. The scout even rejects one potential player because she is not as pretty as the league is looking for even though she is a great baseball player. The player, Marla’s father said if she was a boy she would be playing for the Yankee’s. Eventually Mara’s father is able to convince the scout to take Marla to try outs because he raised her on his own after her mother died. Her father says it is his fault his daughter is a tomboy. In this case the film reinforces the traditional stereotype that mothers are in charge of raising their daughters and teaching them to be a lady, where fathers are incapable of raising girls to be anything other than a tomboy. The focus on beauty also reinforces the traditional stereotype that men will only be interested in women’s sports when the females participating in
Social psychology is a branch of the spectrum of psychology that primarily focuses on social interactions, environmental influences and the social experiences that weigh heavily on individuals cognitive schemas. The film “Boyz ‘N The Hood” is comprised of many contemporary influential African American actors, heavily influenced by the environment they are in and the violence surrounding them in their community. There are various aspects of the movie that portray social psychological concepts, such as social perception, attitude change, aggression and violence, and group dynamics. Social psychological issues such as proactive aggression, reactive aggression, desensitization, differential association theory, and deviance
Looking at this topic from a sociological standpoint shows the relation of the class to our research. We are looking at the impact of rap and hip hop on society, and the how society forms opinions on rap music. In class we look at the constructions of race and the behaviors around certain cultural stigmas, which is exactly what we are looking to analyze when looking at what the impact music has on non-black groups. Our class concentrates on breaking down those walls that society has built up and the misconceptions that we have all learned. The class’ syllabus reads that race and ethnicity are “socially created categories and are the result of historical struggles over economic resources, political access, and cultural identity.” Looking at