The Southern Sambo, Mammy, And Jim Crow

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The Southern Sambo, Mammy, and Jim Crow are three major stereotypical characters of African Americans in past and present popular culture that served their own purposes, held their own characteristics, and completed their respective actions. As a whole, each character completed the task of negatively portraying Blacks in popular culture. Although these characters were made centuries ago, many of them have either transformed or adapted to times in order to remain relevant even in the twenty-first century. These characters served as the foundation of a weapon used for the subconscious oppression of African Americans in a free society.
The Southern Sambo was made in the early 1900s with a purpose, appearance, and engaging actions all used to negatively depict African American males in popular culture. The sole purpose of this character was to defend the enslavement of Black males by emasculating them, ridding them of their dignity, and by making them seem powerless in comparison to Whites. These wrong doings were accomplished by altering the physical appearance of the Sambo character in the American theater and literature. He was always seen dressed in gaudy clothing and was either constantly smiling or laughing like a child. Sambo’s actions consisted of singing nonsense songs, dancing foolishly around the stage, or delighting in the simple pleasures of food. He was also portrayed as a lazy person who avoided working and spoke in an uneducated slang. This character was a

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