The contemporary representations of male masculinity are usually formed in electronic visual media, in particular, television, which promotes a certain image of a typical male. The history of the United States has left traces on the racial and cultural stereotypes. That is why mass media promote different views of how white and black men look and behave. In 2007 I joined the United States Army, and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, SC. As a young private in basic training I met fellow soldiers from all over the world, many with very different backgrounds than that of my own. One particular incident that always stood out to me was a situation I had with another, named Brown. Brown was from a small rural country town in Alabama, the town …show more content…
Griffiths film The Birth of a Nation was released, this film gave birth to many of the negative themes and depictions surrounding black males, much of the impact surrounding this films idea of black males can still be seen today to some degree. Stereotypical roles depicting black men as thugs, criminals, fools, economically disadvantaged, or in-service roles are common themes in many facets of media. The popular Starz T.V. series power produced by rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson depicts the main character nicknamed Ghost, played by Omari Hardwick as a smooth, cunning, powerful, and dangerous drug boss in New York City. Ghost and his best friend Tommy together climb their way out of the ghetto starting off as low-level drug dollars and graduating to major wholesale level cocaine distributors. Ghost earned his nickname by silently committing murders and then disappearing. The series centers around Ghost desire to leave the drug world and go legit as a major upscale nightclub owner, despite his best efforts Ghost is continually pulled back into a life of crime. As entertaining as this series may be there are several negative depictions of black men, such as involvement in the drug trade, or the perceived innate violence of black men, as well as their involvement in various other forms of criminal activity. This show also suggest that one of the few ways for a black man to be successful is through the sale of illegal drugs, which is also a major theme in a lot of …show more content…
Although much change has been enacted, were still far behind where we should be considering the decades that have passed since the release of The Birth of a Nation. One recently introduced show is the T.V. series Black Lighting, which is a story of a black superhero originating from the D.C. comic book collection. This series portrays the main character Jefferson Pierce, as high school principal by day, and a vigilante crime fighter by night. The thing that’s so unique about this show is it depicts a black male, that’s not overly successful in a predominately black school and neighborhood working to fight crime both as a positive force in his school, and community as well as fighting crime as a superhero. Another notable reform is the recent social awareness surrounding black representation in the media, which spawned the #BlackMediaMatters movement. This movement has been instrumental in calling for increase in black owned media, as well as more positive depictions of minorities in
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Getting Ghost – Culture and Ethnographic Essay The book Getting Ghost, by Luke Bergmann, recounts the stories of two adolescent African-American males, Dude Freeman, and Rodney Phelps, attending a juvenile detention facility in the city of Detroit, USA. Detroit, one of the poorest cities in the United States has one third of its residents living in poverty. Its crime rates are high, and illegal drugs are available in many poor areas. In the western and eastern suburbs the ethnic majority is African-American, these suburbs are low income, and as a result drug dealing on the streets is carried out by the adolescent African-American males (Getting Ghost Background Sheet 2015:1).
Response The documentaries Tough Guys and Killing us Softly, really brought to light the way masculinity and femininity are represented in our society. The characteristics and associations that are made when these words are thought of are bizarre and not natural. I strongly believe that both masculinity and femininity are learned characteristics from the human environment. I often wonder if people would even have these ideas and characteristics that are associated with gender in the beginning of time, or if people have slowly began to define and differentiate the genders throughout the evolution of time.
Together Venkatesh and Hinojosa-Smith demonstrate how a person’s exposure to a group of people or region can alter how that place or those individuals are perceived and portrayed. The traditions and operations of a group show how some individuals and locations are different than what meets the eye. In Gang Leader For a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets, it is apparent the Black Kings set up their operations by organizing where a person is stationed on the streets. Additionally, the memoir includes the ranking of the gang’s leaders, the numerous shootouts, and competition between Chicago’s gangs.
Advertisement Men of color held in esteem by the media, while entirely worthy of praise, too often personify a circumscribed spectrum of human qualities. Prowess in sports, physical achievement in general and musicality are emphasized inordinately. Common role models depicted by the media such as rap or hip-hop stars and basketball players imply limited life choices. When is the last time you have seen a black college professor, doctor, lawyer or scientist selling a product? Many important dynamics that affect black lives, such as a history of economic disadvantage and a prevailing anti-black bias in society, don’t often make it to the presses or the screens.
Wouldn’t you say that society today is cruel towards everyone, especially young black males? The world points fingers at them and labels them as “killers,” “robbers,” or even “deadbeats.” Well, not all are in those categories, some are even framed and placed into those without people knowing the whole story, and most don’t even try and take the time to hear the story of what led up to them being placed into those categories. The Prison Industrial Complex also known as PIC doesn’t help the situation either. Reasoning is because they’ll try and frame a black male for something just because he’s in the vicinity of whatever is going on, if there’s an robbery they’re investigating and they see a black male in a nice vehicle for example a Dodge
African Americans were able to work for their own money now and gain confidence while living in America. They began to publish newspapers which increased the awareness of racial violence and express their freedom from restraint through art (O’Neill). This “negro fad” in the United States influenced art and drama that focused on the depiction of an African American in the 1920’s. African Americans were revolutionizing the way they were perceived in the U.S.. They gained confidence and made efforts to achieve their ultimate goal,
Richie appeared in the car with Leonie, Michael, Misty and her children but Jojo is the only one who sees him. Jojo is handcuffed by the police officer and thrown on the ground like an animal and he is only a child. In an interview Ward says, “I was thinking about Mike Brown, Philando Castile, Trayvon—we have this trail of black bodies littering history. Some of the ghosts are wearing hoodies” (Oatman). This demonstrates the systematic racism and prejudice Pop, Given, and Richie experienced at a young age that Jojo is experiencing as well.
One cool night in Florida; things have changed for the worst. Trayvon Brown was shot and murdered walking in his own neighborhood. The reaction that came after changed the way that black people are seen today. The Black Lives Matter group stands for the black race using social media and protesting. The group has been noticed by the United States government and is questioned if it is the next civil rights movement.
Rather than a single standard of masculinity to which all men and boys are taught to aspire to, studies have documented a variety of masculinity that define manhood differently across racial , ethnic, class, sexual , and regional boundaries.(Kathleen Blee) In this quote the author states that due to intersectional differences, different racial groups of men might have different definitions on what it means to be masculine and what it means to perform masculinity. Gender roles are also modified by life experiences over time across racial groups. In the next images I presented are all images of my guy friends and cousins. More specifically they are all images of African American males in my life choosing to participate in gender and masculinity.
Getting Ghost, an ethnographic research carried out by Luke Bergmann in 2000, shows how culture shapes and gives meaning to the lives of the adolescent African American males in inner city Detroit. Many African Americans had migrated to Detroit in the 1920s at the promise of employment in the automotive industry, however, after the industry began to dissolve in the 1970s, Detroit’s inner-city population began to be hit with a strong economic downfall (Background Sheet 2014,1). Subsequently, drug dealing in Detroit became widespread in the 1970s and 1980s, leading to a strong drug and convict culture which has affected many of the youth over multiple generations (Background Sheet 2014,1). A common practise in the African American population
The movie, for instance, shows how African Americans at the time continued to suffer in poverty. Such is evident in the setting of the movie and how its characters of forced to live and work in the decaying streets of Bronx. Alternately, the film also showed the prejudice and discrimination experienced by many blacks. The characters and their struggles embody how hip-hop culture, is shaped by the legacies of slavery, prejudice, discrimination, segregation, along with deep political and economic oppression. The character of Kenny, in specific, exemplifies the struggle of blacks to gain opportunities and recognition.
There is a lot of pressure on men in society to be manly; however, what exactly does it mean to be manly? Though many people have different opinions, a lot of them conclude that a man has to be strong and somewhat emotionless to be considered a man. This assumption can lead to Toxic Masculinity, which is “A false idea that men are expected to be as manly as possible” (The Hard, Adrenaline-Soaked Truth About 'Toxic Masculinity, 2017). Men are forced to face these assumptions not only from those around him, but also from people he might see in Media. Media reinforces Toxic Masculinity which in turn causes men to belittle women.
Masculinity (also called boyhood, manliness or manhood) is a set of attributes, behaviors and roles generally associated with boys and men. But the culture doesn’t end at the definition, it starts from there. The first thing to come to mind when the word masculinity is heard is usually a man flexing his gigantic muscles, as the word might sound to suggest, and that right there is the current culture of masculinity because sadly, in the world we live in, not everyone has a “muscular body”. So far we know the concept of masculinity, but the culture is what is truly hampering.
The Black Power Movement was successful in many ways, and it’s legacy has had a powerful effect on how African Americans view themselves today. The encouragement generated by the movement for blacks to become more involved in public affairs resulted in the election of black mayors in several cities. This led to notable improvement in the conditions of housing and schools.
Diversity in the media will bring awareness to situations that are happening in communities that not everyone is accessible to that, in turn, can better those circumstances. Due to the lack of diversity in the media, it has put a strain in minority communities which Nam goes on to quote Dori J. Maynard, “Lacking these voices, the ability of the media to serve the public interest is itself compromised. ‘The news media is not only failing to serve the communities, but the country at large when they fail to reflect what’s going on in communities of color,” said the late Dori J. Maynard, former President of the Robert C.’(Nam par.2) and the causes the media to fail in not informing people everything that's going on but Instead picks and chooses what they