Essay African American Perception

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The perception of racism towards African Americans in the United States is shown through both current American novels and films. Nearly every novel and film made today portrays a sense of racism towards African Americans and continually has the African American gangster and the white man hero. Unfortunately, many African Americans are categorized compared to whites as less qualified, educated and trustworthy. More specifically, the novel Southland acknowledged a different racial perception of jobs towards whites and people of color in relation to being a police officer. White people are continually represented as the proper, social and economical power by what jobs they are given and the actions they take. Different novels, films and…show more content…
In relationship of African Americans shown as the villain within a society, Revoyr hints to this more when describing the apartment complex of Jackie’s aunt. “The two shootings and numerous hold-ups that had scared the residents lately had all occurred within the Estates, not outside of them, so she didn’t see why the guards were so concerned with visitors”(Southland, 15). This passage is important because Revoyr illustrates with her words how African Americans are somewhat caged within their own society and fighting people of their own kind. The idea of the white person as always the hero and the African American as the villain directly relates to the fact they are fighting within their own race and not others. Never in books are fancy white neighborhoods shown as the poor, aggressive and hated area of society quite like the African American ones. The perfect example of racism in film in relation to African Americans portrayed improperly is David Ayer’s Training Day. This is a story about a white man, Jake Hoyt, who is becoming a police officer and needs to be trained by an African American, Detective Alonzo Harris, but ends up becoming the typical white hero without knowing. Detective Harris is a narcotics officer who lives in a ghetto African American neighborhood where everyone hates him because of how he abuses his authority. Detective Harris is portrayed in the film as the badass
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