ethnic notations paper - Sara Harris Hist 210 Ethnic Notions Ethnic Notions I Ethnic Notions is a 1987 documentary film directed by Marlon Riggs It

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Sara Harris Hist. 210 Ethnic Notions Ethnic Notions I. Ethnic Notions is a 1987 documentary film directed by Marlon Riggs. It examines anti Black stereotypes that justified popular culture. This film reveals to the audience the disturbing history during the ante-bellum period until the civil rights movement in 1960 of how blacks were depicted and treated. Through the use of inhuman caricatures and other cartoon features blacks are portrayed in un-realistic manner which lead to deep rooted stereotype in America. These stereotypes are have feed anti-black prejudice and continue to undermine race relations today. 1 There are six major stereotypes illustrated in this film. The Coon, Mammy, Sapphire, Jezebel, Sambo, and Pickaninny. These were all created to justify lynching, over work, abuse, rape, and the three tier honor system. This film is an example of implicit bias, a bias made by culture, and reinforced by media. This paper will explore how these stereotypes have effected America as a whole. It will look at how these implicit biases effect our history in specific instances. Who are the Sambo, Coon, Mammy, Sapphire and Pickaninny? What are the stereotypes associated with them? The Sambo is portrayed as a happy black slave. His character is submissive and childlike, which makes him easy to control. This identity portrays black men as happy, faithful, and lazy. The Sambo is presented as a smiling, wide-eyed, dark skinned server: fieldworker, cook, butler, porter, or waiter. He lacks confidence, competence, and assertiveness. A stereotype that he portrays in laziness. 2 The mammy is a counterpart to the Sambo. She is a happy faithful servant. She is often the 1 IMDb Ethnic Notions Date accessed 10/28/16
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motherly figure in the household and cares deeply for her white family. The caricature portrayed an obese, wide smiling, masculinized black women. 3 The Coon caricature is one of the most insulting of all anti-black caricatures. The name is an abbreviation of raccoon, which is dehumanizing. The Coon, also known as the brute is a violent, disrespectful criminal. He is portrayed rough looking, usually having ripped clothes or dirty. 4 The Sapphire is the counter partner to the Coon. She is depicted as violent, loud,
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