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  • The African American Woman

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    The African American Woman Throughout history, women have often been considered second class to men. African- Americans were also considered second class citizens to Caucasians. Both women and African Americans had to be strong and endure many hardships in their fight to be seen as equals in their own country. In her book, The Women of Brewster Place, Gloria Naylor has explored the burdens of both being a woman, and being an African American, as she wrote a story of seven African American women

  • The Myths of the African American Woman

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    Defying the Myths of the African American Woman - Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Song of Solomon, and Push Throughout slavery, myths were created about African American women. These myths of yesterday have tainted the image of the African American woman today. These myths include two major ideas, the first being that all African American women are perceived as more promiscuous than the average white woman. The second myth is that black women are virtually useless, containing only the

  • Harriet Tubman: Notorious African American Woman

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    Back in the 1800’s, it wasn’t very common for an African American person to be influential. However, it was extremely uncommon for an African American woman to have a significant role in society. Nonetheless, Harriet Tubman became one of the most well known African American people in history. Harriet Tubman’s brave and spirited acts have made her such an iconic figure in history today through her works of assisting hundreds of African Americans out of slavery. Throughout her life, her courageous

  • Stereo Types of the African American Woman in Hollywood

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    screen of Hollywood in summary Entertainment. Although I am very happy to see the progress in this area, I am sadden by the redundant themes. There are very few images of non stereo typical black women or women of color. In romantic comedy with a woman of color in it you will find one of the following stereotypes entwined in the plot. The Jezebel (Hollywood Definition) Lysterine from Booty Call This role dates back in America’s history, overseers and plantation owners depicted black women

  • Color Coded: A Cultural Critique of the Role of Color in African American Culture and its Effect on the African American Woman

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    oppressed for several generations, African Americans have gained a myriad of twisted ideologies that have been passed down for generations. One that is very intrinsic to general mindset of the community is the belief that light skinned African Americans are superior to their dark skinned counterparts. Furthermore, this ideology has also affected the standards of beauty within the race and has altered the self-image, aspirations, and overall psyche of the black woman. This paper will explain how the

  • Being An African American Woman

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    As stated in Webster's II Dictionary, a woman is defined to be an adult female human. In today's society being an African American woman is a rigid task to live up to. It means to reside to what their ancestors have left behind, which means to be stronger than ever. Rosa Parks was strong, Harriet Tubman was also strong, and Jezebel was even stronger. So what exactly does it mean to be a woman? It means to stand up for what is right, even if that means sacrifice, it means to be strong whether

  • The Challenges Of Maya Angelou As An African American Woman

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    Luther King Jr., there was one who was an inspiration long before she was an icon: Maya Angelou. Though she faced many hardships in life, Maya never let that prevent her from making a difference in the world. Maya’s social identity of being an African American woman led to boundaries to her success, but she was determined to achieve much more. Despite the many oppressions she faced, she was also privileged in different ways. With hard work, devotion, and determination, she went on to impact the society

  • Theme Of Feminism In A Raisin In The Sun

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    enlighten her audience on woman’s rights and feminism in the African American community. The play takes place after World War 2 where both black and white men fought together for equality however back home in the United States it was not the case. After the war, whites were still considered the superior race to African Americans but as an African American woman, they were at an even lower class than the African American men. As an African American woman in the 1950’s and 1960’s they were not only fighting

  • African American Stereotypes

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    said about African Americans on a daily basis. From the beginning we have had stereotypes built up against us tearing down our image in society. Over the years it would seem that African Americans would want to fix this image of them but instead they have continued to build to this negativity. One of the main reasons why this image is present until this day is reality television. Although it may not be real, portraying these images on television gives both sexes of the African American race a bad

  • Interracial Relationships in To Kill a Mockingbird

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    relationships were banned when Americans started to own slaves. At that time, African Americans were seen as the minority and were not to be seen as equals. However, times changed and then the laws that banned interracial relationships were uplifted. As a result of these laws though, many white Americans today still discriminate because of the past. American still has those who discriminate and are against interracial relationships, however, the number of Americans who agree with interracial relationships