Today, television is one of the main sources of media that depicts the way that African American women are represented. Television is one way African American women are negatively stereotyped. There are many stereotypes of black women found on television such as, mammy, jezebels, ghetto, gold diggers, and home wreckers. These representations not only make African American women look bad, but it also sets the wrong example for the next generation. Kerry Washington’s character, Olivia Pope, from Scandal is the perfect example for this phenomenon.
Belittling is a term used to regard or portray something or someone as less impressive or not important. Colorism is the term used to define the rift between light skinned and dark skins and was caused by slave owners who would have sexual relations with slave women and create lightskin children. In return all lightskin women men and children would be given special treatment and were allowed to work in the house to preserve their skin tone. In the United States African American individuals are targeted for being black by others outside of their race. Not only are African American individuals being targeted for that but to push it further African American women are being mistreated by the black community for being a certain color skin tone.
The excerpt I chose to reflect on is called “An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman!” by Claudia Jones (1949). Jones express the concerns that women of color in her time suffer from the neglect and degradation they receive throughout their lives. During this time, the reason many African American women go through the struggles in their community originated from the notion that the “bourgeoisie is fearful of the militancy of the Negro woman” (108). In my opinion, they have every right to be afraid of African American women. As Jones stated nicely "once Negro women undertake action, the militancy of the whole Negro people, and thus of the anti-imperialist coalition, is greatly enhanced" (108).
They are in fact so undesirable that Black Men are reluctant at best to marry such a women; could we even blame them for this mass divorce or abandonment of their women and their natural families. Black Women are more abrasive, confrontational, antagonistic, less caring, and motherly; they are in fact less lady like in every regard; Take one example of Black Women 's Failure to desirability, they have adopted a culture and a mentality to adorn weaves. (If you don 't know, a weave is human hair maid into a wig). This would on the surface appear mundane; however they invariably choose the hair of the Caucasian as the material. Black women do this because they emulate and desire ----; furthermore they degrade their own “natural beauty”, what Black Men should be most attracted to, causing a knock-on effect; As women are inferior to men, black women are inferior to white women.
Misogynoir is so prevalent in many cultures, even the seeming universal ones such as pop culture and entertainment. In our entertainment and media it is presented through stereotypes. Black people have been the butt of the joke, their character’s sole being was based off a cliche scripted standard, never diving into the multifacet people they are capable of being. They are categorized into tiring tropes that are hurtful and insensitive. Black women specifically are judged by their unwavering strength and endurance through their pain and anger, we see these as the stereotypical “strong/independent black woman.” This stereotype is in every movie, like Tyler Perry’s like Diary of a Mad Black Woman, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, Why Did I Get Married
Which in some sense is true from an african american women of myself. After reading the article the author gives very good reasoning for why black women are betrayed that way. Songs in this generation always give women a bad name cause it usually goes by the
adhered women’s rights to racial equality and social injustice by using her experiences of injustice and brutality as a slave, to connect with her audience. She pursued the idea of separation between the North and the South, insisting that women should join forces to fight for their rights, speaking up to be heard. She goes further to refute the common assumption that women are were delicate beings, created solely for beauty; women are transformed into feminine and fragile beings because of their size, strength, and stature compared to men’s, which deems them weaker than men. She does so by comparing the life of a slave woman to women in society, and men. “Look at me!
Thus proving, how even before the actual term of intersectionality was even a flicker in Kimberlé Crenshaw’s mind, black women were already working on describing it. These women believed there were more identities and oppressions occurring throughout their lives, and they were correct. Nevertheless, once the term of intersectionality was created, Crenshaw was still criticized for it. People believed that the term intersectionality was too narrow of an idea when looking at all the aspects that influence one’s life. People also argued that this term did not fully encompass every type of person, that it overlooked others, specifically white women.
American society has always placed the weight of boundaries on to women, more specifically black women. Black women have had to deal with the standards of the Eurocentric life and the fact that to them we are not able to live up to what they expect from an “average” woman. Black women have always been the “runt of the bunch”. They are disliked and criticized for their hair, body shape, pigment of their skin color and many more things that they cannot control. Being in a society that is so bent on discouraging them from embracing who they are, it is hard to lift themselves back up after being put down by everyone around them.
Emphasis on pop culture ubiquity and dominance in our society, its consolidation ownership among a few multinational corporations, and its ability to manufacture desires, perpetuate stereotypes, and mold human minds, particularly those of children. (Grazian,2010). African American women are known in popular culture as being video groupies, and are normally exploited in music videos for their bodies in all generes but primarily hip hop/rap videos. This brings up the next controlling imagery of Black women as being sexual and animalistic in nature. Pop culture of music, sitcoms and even news stories constantly display African American women in a negative way.
For example, in the past a Black woman with natural hair could be seen as a culturally “woke” individual. On in another context, a woman with kinky hair may have been called nappy and painted as someone who didn’t care about their appearance. On the other side, a black woman with straight hair may have been complimented for having “good” hair or she may have be seen as having a colonized mind. These are the views that exist in society and they are just some of the pressures put on black women not only by non-blacks, but also by others within the black community and they affect black women every day. These views and expectations of what Black hair should look like has played out in the media though depictions of characters in movies and vixens in music videos and even in the work place.
At the same time it devalued black women as promiscuous and undesirable. The CRT scholars believed these stereotypes permitted privileged white men to accept a limited behavior from their female counterpart, which both elevated and trapped them at the same time. CRT scholars stated how racism has pitted white and black women against each other in society. They argue these stereotypes still persist today, long after the end of slavery. Black womanhood is continually being devalued, while the white womanhood is elevated, but restricted.
Many people overlooked their major contributions because they were women. Black women oppression was very different from white women all because they were both black and a women. Overall women were invisible in this time in
And it can be seen all over the time of movies, music, and social media that African American women are portrayed in these types of typical scenarios. “The controlling image of the “bitch” constitutes one representation that depicts Black women as aggressive, loud, rude, and pushy” (Hill Collins, 167). In many of the rap music made from the male African American, but also white male rappers they describe African American women with this term that makes them seem not approachable. And so many of these women that listen to this kind of music think or are told that is how they are supposed to ask and that all African American women are just like they describe them. But, also some female rapper have embrace the bitch label to make themselves be independent.
The other is a message that a woman’s utmost goal is to ﬁnd a Black man who will take care of her (Hurt) These messages have created tension between black women and men because one suggests that black women better have their own or prepared to be disappointed in the short comings of black men. While the other message implies that black women can only fall in love with men who throw money at them. Messages like these have been passed down for years, and has prevented many black women from developing their own definition of love and romantic expectations. Both Janie and Tracy have their own initial definitions of love and its importance in their lives. However they allowed the words of their elders to morph these definitions and these changes haunted both Janie and Tracy.