Stereotyping has been around forever and will continue to stay, but there are things that can be done which would stop it from being used so often. By informing the public about stereotyping and the problems associated with it people can decide whether they want to participate in something that is looked down on. First and foremost the leaders of the black communities, such as musicians and professional athletes need to spread the word about stereotyping because they have the greatest impact on society. Educating blacks on the stereotypes regarding their lifestyles would allow them to make a conscious effort to behave in a way that would eliminate the stereotypes. In my experiences I have found that my role models have a huge impact on what I do and how I think.
Additionally, the existence of civil right movements influenced blacks to further strive for justice. Establishing Motown Records as an independent black label challenged the doubt existing throughout the community, yet appealed to audiences of different backgrounds, thus uniting Michigan into a society more inclined to give underrepresented groups a change to express their beliefs. (Ca. 1960-1970) By living in a dominantly white, conservative environment, Motown Records initiated a foundation for socio-cultural acceptance in the Michigan music industry which clashed with ongoing racial divisions within and outside of the company, yet followed
When it came to civil rights, finding the right person to lead an entire population into freedom was a pretty important problem. The two most important leaders in the Civil Rights Movement were Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and they were respected by a large portion of the black community in America. Although, when it came the troubling issues of segregation, both of schools and in everyday activities, and the violent approach to fight racism v.s. the non violent approach, Martin Luther King Jr. was a better person to lead black americans. The first reason why black americans needed Martin Luther King Jr. over Malcolm X was MLK’s view on segregation.
The significance behind this is that even if black people have been segregated and silenced for so so long, they are still people with dreams. He reiterates this because he wants them to remember that they are allowed to dream of
1. How does minstrelsy reflect complicated musical/racial relations in the 19th and 20th centuries? Do you think elements of minstrelsy live on in popular music today, especially hip-hop? During the 19th and 20th centuries, white people were still dictating the rules of the society. The black community at that time had to follow set rules, and had different rights than white people.
Just as we live in a world where even visas have varying values, discrimination has become an undeniable reality – hindrances to playful world traveling. If we cannot identify with anyone outside of our world, it becomes easier to abuse and oppress them because of a lack of love (seeing oneself in the ‘Other’). W.E.B. Dubois had a desire to see America interpreted through the acknowledgement of two very different worlds merging through African and White Americanism (McKenna & Pratt, 2015). Or as it were, racial barriers should be acknowledged and both sides study to merge and unify.
In Souls of Black Folk, one of the first analogies made was considering the “veil”. When I first read about the veil, it was confusing to consider what it meant and how it related to the community. However, upon further reading and consideration, the veil is the most accurate description of what was going on racially and socially then and now. Specifically, when he stated that behind the veil, one can see in and out but from outside the veil, you cannot see in, it was accurate because the white Americans of the time were trying to explain something they could not see into. This was impactful now as well due to the fact other want to claim that racism and oppression does not exist but yet have never experienced it.
Although it defines and affects everyone, the topic of “race” is a difficult one. To some, race is the most important aspect of their life, while to others race is what they check off on forms. James McBride’s memoir The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother demonstrates racial topics and issues that discuss origins, sense of self, sense of identity, and neutrality. In this essay I argue that we should not try to escape who we are, our sense of self, Sense of self is largely influenced by others. We tend to think how we view ourselves is completely up to us but that is not the case.
The participants of his research are part of the latter, who unconsciously reinforce systematic racism through treating cultural objects, namely aspects of hip hop culture, as shareable products and experiences. Rodriquez’s interviews demonstrate that color-blind ideology enables white people to
The passion to write the truth in poetry can be controversial, especially with two sides to the authors persona. The struggle of being a young black male rapper from the “ghetto”, your dream and passion to achieve much more than what your born with. Being able to be African American to have a dream during of time of those who are socially oppressed, to not live I location that are densely populated your own kind meant being black was only meant to be just our life and thw gang was your family. In collections in the book “The Rose That Grew From Concrete “group poems created by Tupac Amaru Shakur. His message was more simple and direct rather than complex to understand in the following poems, Shakur emphasizes the mood, allegory, allusion,
“As a nation, we can do better, but we need more understanding. Skin color is profoundly intertwined with identity in ways that mainstream America often fails to recognize or understand. Physical appearance factors into how people define themselves and how people define each other. In a society that prizes white skin, the stakes are huge: Skin color can be an asset or impediment to someone’s self-esteem, success and even safety. The setting of Recitatif takes place in the civil rights era of America, but the conflict amongst Twyla and Roberta seem to still be occurring today, even so more relevant then ever.
Black hair care products now stressed the need for “manageable” hair, and it is more than a hairstyle, it was a statement of self, a bold declaration of cultural identity. Advertisers were keenly aware of this and cashed in while they could. So is this marketing strategy ethical? Yes, because it has changed our culture and how we as African Americans view ourselves. A product to I wanted that became a product that I needed is the automobile.