Not every Black kid does drugs. And finally not every Black kid is a troublemaker. Spike Lee knew that many of the people that would go to his movies wouldn’t be Black, and he successfully showed the audience an accurate representation. This representation was revolutionary because it made you as an audience member question how you think and feel about Black youth. Maybe you’ve become biased by recent films and music.
In general, I don’t believe that juveniles can be born evil or bad. Environmental factors carry a lot of weight when it comes to how children develop and grow into adults. However, in the uniquely gritty case of Willie Bosket, I believe it’s safe to say that if there were ever a case of a child being “born bad”, then Willie definitely meets the mark. When looking back at his lengthy family history filled with extreme deviance and outright violence, you can quite easily see that Willie fits right into the mold that was created long before he was even born. I think that a lot of Willie’s violent and criminal tendencies were learned from what he was exposed to while growing up.
Many sources explore their frustration with the horror movies popularized up to this day, due to the decision making and demeanor of the white characters, and the release of Get Out may very well have been a turning point in how racism is viewed in the film
The movie symbolizes the inequalities and struggles of people color (Bucciferro). This made the film watchers notice the change from the typical representations of superhero’s from the normal gender and race stereotypes (Bucciferro). Along with changes in stereotypes for the African American community, it was also a creative milestone in the film industry (Bucciferro). The Black Panther symbolically addressed the identities of people of color and the
Blaxploitation refers to a subgenre of exploitation films that were made in the 1970s and featured predominantly African American casts.
In conclusion, all three movies, and the era of the “Buck” in Blaxploitation film: the white man’s perception of the all-powerful brutal black man. Shaft, Spade, and Slade were rebellious black men, who loved women, they weren’t slaves, had a confident grandeur about them. “With the release of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and Shaft (Parks, 1971), audiences witnessed a representational revolution where black masculinity, previously associated with impotence, now became synonymous with Machismo” (Sauers A. (21012). The Black Buck Brute had been redefined and gave a nation of people a new perspective on the African American
Illegal immigration has been a sensitive topic to discuss over the years. Most of these immigrants come into the United States in look for a better life, escaping the poverty from their country of origin. Many people are against illegal workers coming into the country, others are greatly benefited by their work. Many opportunistic employers have targeted these “day laborers”, called by Abel Valenzuela Jr., the author of the article “Immigrant Day Laborers”, to take advantage of their work. Immigrant workers are an important part of the U.S. economy and should be benefited by the work they do.
Wealth, poverty, technology, decadence, the Gilded Age was a time of change and uprooting of past systems, schools of thought, and standards. It was a time of both hope and doubt for the majority of the population and brought many to be empty handed or exceedingly wealthy. The dynamic between rich and poor was shifting to a gap of wealth never before seen in the young country. The gilded age’s built up wealth disparity faded away over time. Yet today it seems that a resurgence of these features is rearing its ugly head again.
During the 1970s, there was an era that America, there was the black panthers and they were very popular for the African American community. This came after the civil rights movement was coming to an end and changing America. It also changed Hollywood as well with it has more African American directors that gave more African American cast and crew members jobs. This also changed the type of movies that were coming out and it created a new genre of film called Blaxploitation and it showed the world how the black communities were seen. With it being a new type of film it has been just an African American version of every type of earlier cinema film that has been out.
According to Eric Lott (Love and Theft: The Racial Unconscious of Blackface Minstrels), blackface both in minstrel show and later in movies “spread misconceptions and stereotypes, and was used as a tool to define what constituted ‘blackness’”. One of the impact of The Birth of a Nation was the revival of the Ku Klux Klan. Those stereotypes were composed of a negative portrayal of African-Americans, represented as “idiotic, classless, child-like, unsophisticated, ignorant, violent, sexually aggressive, depraved and morally bankrupt characters” (The impact of negative stereotypes and representations of African-American in the media and African-American incarceration, by Tamara Thérèse Johson) and archetypes popular in the days of slavery and of the minstrel show became even more popular with the new medium of cinema that spread those visions to a larger audience (beginning right in the early 1900's). Donald Bogle describes five archetypes usually used to depict African-American characters, legacy of blackface and minstrel shows, in films. These archetypes consisted of the
In the book Gender, Race, and Class in Media; in a chapter called There Are Bitches and Hoes by Tricia Rose, she discuss “The valorization of the gangsta and pimp highlight and celebrates the very women they degrade, encouraging young women fans to emulate the behaviors of bitches and hoes by saying they are not talking about all women.” In the early 20th century came a change of African-American civil rights organizations; they challenge “the social, economic, political and cultural decay of American institutions threatens to undermine Black civil society and its steady progress toward social justice and racial equality,” leading to the reinventing black civil society which is seen in the film when some of the black community decides to leave the town they came to know, for a better life. My last article is called Film Reviews it compares two black films; When We Were Colored and The Devil in a Blue
The United States of America, being a country founded by immigrants, is known all over the world as the land of great opportunities. People from all walks of life travelled across the globe, taking a chance to find a better life for them and their family. Over the years, the population of immigrants has grown immensely, resulting in the currently controversial issue of illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants are the people who have overstayed the time granted on their US, visa or those who have broken the federal law by crossing the border illegally. Matt O’Brien stated in his article “The government thinks that 10.8 million illegal immigrants lived in the country in January 2009, down from a peak of nearly 12 million in 2007.”(Para, 2) While some argue that illegal immigrants burden the United States of America and its economy, others believe that they have become essential and are an important part of the US, economy.
A cause of corruption, discrimination and inequality, the cause of death of many innocent lives. Throughout the long history, racism has been a subject of much debate, most notably in The United states of America. There have been numerous actions that suggest that racial inequality might still be intact with America’s modern society, such as the extreme violence shown by the police that has been roaming all over social media recently. This has eventually led to the creation of the controversial “Black lives matter” group. “Black lives matter” is an organization is an international activist campaign that disapproves of violence towards the African -American community.