The Black Identity

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Collins 1 The Black Identity: Affects of Television on African-Americans Tiara Collins Africana Studies 101, Semester 1 Professor L. Collins December 9, 2010
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Collins 2 The average American watches four in a half hours of television a day, in which hostile, unrealistic and controversial images and portrayals of African-Americans are ignited and subconsciously implanted into the minds of American society. Television enables a false representation of African-Americans, their daily lives and, also,makes them nonexistent in typical American society. Television affects the development of an African-Americans self-identity through its images, stereotypes, and Eurocentric perspective of beauty, enabling the Black self concept, questioning of self-worth, and giving birth to hate and colorism. White supremacy is conditioned and embed through television's systematic programming on how we are suppose to perform, and how we are suppose to see ourselves. These are all key elements that interfere with the development of an African-American's self-identity, the challenge of trying to discover what it means to be black. The images of African-Americans depicted by television provide stereotypes and the European concept of beauty, disabling a true portrayal of African-Americans. The harmful depictions of African- Americans as violent and uneducated buffoons are also accompanied by a 6 stereotypical characters: Uncle Tom, the Mammy, Matriarch, Coon, Jezebel and Buck, as described in Bradinn French's The New Racism on Television. The Mammy is a good wholesome care taker of whites, but insensitive towards her own family and asexual; Uncle Tom is constantly endearing him selves to white and is asexual as well. In Grey's Anatomy , Miranda Bailey is seen as the mammy, because she is asexual, rarely leaves the hospital to attend to her child, and the only female character that does not display her sexuality or have active relationships. Carlton, from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is an example of a present day. Tom Maedea from Tyler Perry movies and Big Momma from Big Momma's House, also depict the Mammy character. The Jezebel is a promiscuous Black female, seen as a predator due to her hyper sexual nature; the buck is a violent, sexual, uncontrollable Black male, who looks upon white women as his prey. The present day Jezebel is essential to reality television and in music videos, in which African-American woman are depicted as loud, sexual, and aggressive. Lastly, the matriarch is
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