Prejudice and Discrimination are Alive and Well Essay

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Discrimination is Not Dead

White (adj.)- very lightest color, like snow or common salt; colorless Black (adj.)- like coal or soot, dismal, sullen, hostile, evil, wicked; soiled with dirt

These two words are not only seen as colors to the people of America, but as who a person is, whether or not they can be trusted, if they are clean, or even if they are considered to be a "heathen", an unenlightened person who lacks moral principles. From the beginning of time these two colors have determined your life and what you are able to achieve. Many choose to believe that the times of inequality are over, and that equality is given to all, but evidence is presented daily that America portrays the black man to be inferior
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In fact, Hattie McDaniel, in 1939, played a maid in Gone With the Wind, and although she was one of the "stars" of the show, it did not change the assumptions that black women should be representatives as servants to white women. Some contemporary films that also distorts the view of black women are, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Passion Fish, these two films "offered viewers progressive visions of white females, still image black women in the same way- as servants."(568) "While superficially appearing to present a portrait of racial social equality, mass media actually work to reinforce assumptions that black folks should always be cast in supporting roles in relation to white characters."(Hooks 568) Not all roles that have been given to blacks have been those of servants, however, the roles are always subordinate to whites. Two examples are the black FBI agent in Silence of the Lambs, whose only job was to boost the ego of the lead female star, Jodie Foster. Also, Danny Glover is and example, his character in all of the lethal weapon movies, was "to be the buddy who because he is black and therefore subordinate can never eclipse the white male star." (Hooks 568) This act of subordination is "made to appear "natural" because most black characters are consistently portrayed as always a little less ethical and moral than whites, not given to rational reasonable action."(568) Until America open its eyes
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