Friday, March 9, 2007

Stereotypical African American



Reading this book I realized that the stereotype of black people is very different then it was 50 or even 20 years ago. What in your mind is a stereotypical black person in today's world? What was the stereotye in Scouts time? Why has it changed?

8 comments:

ginger said...

Well, i don't really think that the sterotype of blck people has changed all that much. Today, we look at black people as the commiters of crime, and the trouble makers in inner cities, and in Scout's time the black population was blamed for everything too. I personally don't look at black people in a sterotypical way. A murder is a murder and a genius is a genius no matter what color they are.

Emily Osment said...

I agree with Ginger. We really do still look at them in a certain way. They are the ones that will get accused of a crime before a white person. I mean think about it! If there were a group of 5 white guys at a gym, and a black man, and there ended up being a shooting outside of the gym, and the cops came immediately, who would they think was the guy who shot the bullet? Who would they have all their suspision on? Most likely the black guy, even if he didn't do anything, because that is how people view that race. They are the ones that are the crime commiters. I also do not personally look at black people in a sterotypical way either. Color is color, it doesn't matter who you are and what type of skin color you are, you're still the same as everyone else (to a certain extent). RACISM SHOULD JUST BE OVER! Lets grow up and get on with our lives!

stephen colbert said...

When I posted this I was not meaning to say that we should all look at African Americans in a stereotypical way, but lets get real each race has it's own stereotypes just like high school cliques. In Scouts time black people were looked at as the scum of the earth, but now kids all over America imitate the "black" image in an attempt to be cool. I am simply asking what caused this change? And in response to emily osment, racism is never going to be just over. We must face the problem head on, and as long as people are nervous to talk about it then the problem will never be resolved.

Master Shake said...

Stephen colbert...Agreed! in my opinion rascism and stereotypes will be around as long as people are around. there is no denying, that at one time in your life you have stereotyped somebody; knowlingly or not. it is inevitable that everybody labels people in there minds and files them in a certian category, whether it be, jocks, cheerleaders, goths, or blackpeople.

PrincesseBelle&heart; said...

I 100% agree with all of you. Although stereotypying is stupid, it unfortunately happens all the time. It's really sad that people can't set aside their differences and try to befriend someone new. It is honestly amazing the types of people you will meet if you just make the effort. For example, I know of two black kids, a girl and a guy, who go to our school..and they are two of the most awesome people I have ever met. They have the biggest hearts and live their life for God. If people don't take the time to get to know someone, they are truly missing out.
Ginger makes a great point when she says a murder is a murder and a genius is a genius- just because your skin is darker should not change a person's opinion of you.

Barbie Girl said...

Well I do not stereotype black people because I do not see them as different people then white. To me they are ordinary people. This book is making me angery because I want tell these white people blacks are no different then whites. I hate when people treat other people horriable, no matter what color you are. In Scouts time people saw blacks as nothing. All they can do is work and that is it. Also, whites blamed black people because if someone got rape, like in the book, it is not a white person, oh no, it is a black person because if a white person could not do this. They blame blacks for everything, but if something good happens, a white person gets all the glory.

Stereotyping has changes because of the civil rights movement. People saw colored people just as a normal person. They had their own life and people saw that they should not be taken for granted. Though there are some people out there who hate balcks and do not see why they are still free. The world from Scouts time is so much different then from ours. Though somethings, like stereotyping blacks, will never change.

CaptainCrunch said...

I actually think it has changed. I don't think it has changed in everyone's opinion but I would venture to say that for most people it has. I don't walk around and hear people simply blaming blacks for something when no one has a clue who did it like they would have in the past. In todays society i feel as though everyone shares an equal amount of blame. I do know that there is still racism in our country but I don't think the majority of people look straight to a black when something goes wrong.

Emily Osment said...

Stephen Colbert, I know rascism will never be over! That was me just simply saying that I wish it was. Think of how much better are world would be! I don't know, thats just what I think.