Unformatted text preview: also been a division amongst blacks, some who aspire to lighter skin, and some who look for darker skin. One of the biggest hurdles the Black image has faced was minstrelsy. Now seen as a horrific period of inhumane entertainment, at the time it was the only way for a Black person to be on stage. Now Blacks cannot agree on how they want to be seen in the entertainment industry. Some Blacks are willing to make fun of themselves, and others insist on being seen in a more positive light. In our class I have heard Black students laugh at eating chicken and watermelon, and in the same class talk about the negative stereotypes that minstrelsy instilled. What the black people really need is a common mentality, and the only way they have ever found that is rallying behind vocal leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., James Brown, and Bob Marley. One day may the Black people stop making themselves victims, and start seeing themselves as the beautiful and vibrant culture they are....
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- Fall '06
- black community, Black American image, Black persons