In many films, it is quite common to see an African American belittled to act as a thief, serial killer, gang member, and etc. Many stereotypes are stemmed from this type of imagery. However, this article discusses how the use of African Americans shed in good light, fought these clichés. Spike Lee says, “If one black film-maker messes up, the rest of us will be made to feel it.”. The caution was justified. Fast forward 25 years or so, and we’re faced with a situation where, for the second year running, not a single actor of colour received an Oscar nomination; where African-Americans are still complaining of under-representation within film and television – when they’re not taking to the streets to remind the country that their lives matter. Did someone mess up?”. The 90’s was an amazing year for black cinema. We had successfully created a breakthrough and African Americans were finally able to be perpetuated in a non-stereotypical way.
Recently, a sudden attraction to “exotic” women has become a toxic trend. However, this type of fetish has been common amongst black women for many years. This fetish belittles women of color to their physical attributes and beauty and this article goes in depth describing the way this odd fetish could be used in regards to white men and black women. “With that in mind, the same could be said in regard to white men and black women, that they are only interested in them because of sexual stereotypes associated with exoticness—that black women are jaded by the idea of white. So, do white men who date black women have a “black fetish?” Or do they just appreciate blackness the same way it is possible for them to appreciate women of the Orient?”. Not only does this fetish perpetuate stereotypes, but the perception of beauty becomes jaded.
The topic of this article is the use of derogatory words and the clear double standard when it is used against African Americans. Spike Lee (an African American film director) was accused of portraying a stereotypical image of Italian-Americans. He defends this subject matter by calling the criticism he received a double standard. Many of the Italian-American directors he has witnessed, have actually used racial slurs and stereotypical images of African Americans also. “During his speech, Lee read racist quotations from movies made by Italian-American directors, such as "The Godfather," "Goodfellas" and "Casino" — many which used the N-word. These films, Lee said, portrayed stereotypes or used racial slurs against African-Americans. "In no way am I saying these directors are racist," Lee said, referring to a group that includes Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. "All of these are great films — except for one or two. And for the most part, these scenes describe actions between Italian-Americans and African-Americans, and they're not considered stereotypical images. Why the disconnect?" Lee also continues to ask why there is a different set of standards and why it was acceptable for these Italian-American directors to portray race in America while he is criticized for doing so.
Cultural appropriation continues to be a concern because the exploitation has very negative impacts, including stereotypes. “Cultural appropriation is an entirely different matter. It has little to do with one’s exposure to and familiarity with different cultures. Instead, cultural appropriation typically involves members of a dominant group exploiting the culture of less privileged groups — often with little understanding of the latter’s history, experience and traditions.” The “borrowing” of culture is a problem because minorities are robbed and stripped of the credit they deserve.
This article addresses what cultural appropriation truly is. The author pulls up an example of cultural appropriation and the looting of African artifacts dating back to the colonial period. As African American culture is commonly appropriated, the article writer uses the theft of the Benin Bronzes that occurred in the Republic of Benin in Africa. A line is crossed and in most cases ‘cultural borrowing’ can turn exploitative and turn into cultural appropriation. “Accusations of cultural appropriation raise important and complex questions about the nature of culture. The reality of human experience is that borrowing and cultural mixture are widespread. This is evident in language, religion, agriculture, folklore, food and other cultural elements.” Understanding the impacts appropriation can have on minorities can change the way they are viewed.
The ‘N’ word has many chains linked to it directly stemmed from American history. Meant to denounce and belittle African Americans, it has also been used against other minority groups and the word has accompanied many beatings, lynchings, and other attacks against African Americans. “Leading etymologists believe that "nigger" was derived from an English word "neger" that was itself derived from "Negro", the Spanish word for black. Precisely when the term became a slur is unknown. We do know, however, that by early in the 19th century "nigger" had already become a familiar insult. In 1837, in The Condition of the Colored People of the United States; and the Prejudice Exercised Towards Them, Hosea Easton observed that "nigger" "is an opprobrious term, employed to impose contempt upon [blacks] as an inferior race…The term itself would be perfectly harmless were it used only to distinguish one class from another; but it is not used with that intent…it flows from the fountain of purpose to injure.". Use of this word has become common again with the recent use of social media along with hate speech. With this we ask ourselves, is racism taught or inherited?
This video and mini description speaks volumes on how black women are only seen as an objects and not as an actual human beings. The video talks about how they use black women as an experiment. In our book, Black Like Me, white males would pay to have sex with black women or rape them.
This article talks about white privilege. Majority of the white population seems to think they don’t have any privilege in society. This realization happened in the book when the author was pretending to be black he realized how much easier he had it being white. Being born black feels as if you were born with a target on your back to shoot you down every time you try to better yourself.
This article talks about how job discrimination against black people is high. If you are not white or have a white sounding name the chances of you getting a job opportunity is very low. They assume that if you have a black sounding name they can’t pronounce you’re of a low class and aren’t worthy of the job. Black people have to hide their true identity in society just so they can make a name for themselves because they are misjudged.
This video talks about how it's good to have allies but it’s not worth having a fake one. You don’t need people in your life who's using your struggle as a way for them to make a name or seem like they aren’t anti to fit in. In Black Like Me, there was a man attempting to use the black students struggles on the campus so he could return home and say he helped a negro and is pro negro. In the end he showed them he truly wasn't pro black.
In this article, they talk about job inequality and not only for African-Americans, but for many other reasons as well. It made many points directed to the African-American culture and community saying that it's not really discrimination but more or less based on favoritism. One writer named DiTomaso worded it very well saying, “Favoritism and discrimination are not just different sides of the same coin, because discrimination is illegal, but favoritism is not.”
In this article a woman talks about how the “black people fetish” truly is wrong and biased. Giving her overall experience with the whole situation she says, “ It was my first experience learning the difference between men who appreciate the black female body and men who fetishize it.” In the world people have different fetishes and some happen to be more extravagant than others. For example the black people fetish or 'jungle fever' in this article there's a woman talking about the true life experience and how it all started with her first boyfriend in hell. All his friends were saying he had 'jungle fever' which is also known as black people fetish which means that they only really want to hook up with them based on their race and would objectify these women or even men by their skin tone saying they look “exotic” or like an “ebony princess" and more.