Racial Stereotypes And Discrimination In The Media

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In recent times American society has fought for equality for all American citizens. American society has made positive strides to reach equality, one can witness this on certain levels and power has been achieved by minorities over the last few decades. Nevertheless, racism continues to prevail in several shapes and forms in today’s society. Every ethnicity has their own stereotypes and beliefs that is held regarding that group of people on how they act, behave and communicate. Stereotypes are a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment. Michael Omi claims that “in contemporary television and film, there is a tendency to present and equate racial minority groups and individuals with specific social problems” (XXX) is correct. These racial stereotypes are perpetrated through mass media and are viewed and characterized in our society through advertisement, movies, television shows and even cartoons thus promoting the perceptions, judgments and stereotype society has on races. Media has shaped and formed opinions, beliefs, and perceptions on government issues to racial issues, some of the information shared with the masses has little to no truth behind it. In the beginning perceptions of other races such as the lazy and or criminal Latino, the noble savage and Native American warrior, the “sinister Oriental”, and the uncivilized African Americans (Behnken

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