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
, 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.
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,
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,
Lastly, the matriarch is