Why does it matter?
Stereotypes and racism are big issues that still happens today and can have a huge effect on others. There are many vidoes or cases where people could be wrongly accused of something becuase of their skin colour racial discrimination is one of the human riughts in Canada. Racial 1975discrimination act is a law that forbids anyone to be discriminated against based on their race, skin colour, national origin, ethnic background, or immigrant status.
How social media created African stereotypes and racism?
If we look at how this all started, we would have to go back to the late 1990’s where movies with African women playing in theme often played the role of a maid or a slave that didn’t have much of a voice or right to basic needs. Television back then didn’t have many African men or women working on movies to help rotate how they should be seen in movies, because of that people portrayed African men to steal, have a bad record or be more aggressive while women were seen as someone small or less than.
With all the tv stereotypes against Africans were starting to happen and changed the way people would think and feel. Society started to believe what the media was portraying against Africans and soon common stereotypes were known and some people would believe it.
Sambo: The Rise and Demise of an American Jester written by Joseph Boksin in 1986 was about a simple-minded African man dates back to the colonization of of America, the book had a lot of influence over steryoptes that shaped the way everyone thought because in it slave owners molded African-American males. A lot of films, books or shows had stereotypes against African-Americans them.
Over the years many Influential films about African-American women or men being influential and powerful. One example is the film “Hidden Figures” starring Taraji P. Henson, Octivia Spencer, and Janelle Monae. Hidden Figures is a movie about African American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest projects in history.
The Hate You Give is a very powerful book and film about African- American girl named Angie Thomas who grapples with racism, police brutality. She speaks up against racism after witnessing her male friend gets shot by the police because the cop assumed he had a weapon on him because he had dark skin. This book was very impactful for everyone who read or watched it because it taught people what happens when people assume and jump to conclusions based on someone’s skin colour and how racism can be big and small.
Growing up I didn’t know about racism or how it applies to me until my mom would tell me that there will be a time where people might say or think things based on my skin colour and that I need to remember to do this or keep my hand out of my pocket when I enter stores so they don’t think I’m shoplifting. I would think after why this even needs to be talked about, why would some people start assuming things just because of my looks or ethnic background.
Before Covid-19 when I would go to the mall and hang out with friends I started to pay attention to my surroundings and noticed that the few times sI would enter a shop in the mall with my friend’s, clerks, or workers in the shop would watch what in doing or where I put my hands in case they think I put an item in my pocket.
Sometimes there could be instances where there is still the tag on an item I bought and the machine when exiting would beep, then a worker would start to either ask me a question or ask to see my pockets instead of looking into the bag first.
It would frustrate me because I didn’t want to have to be out in public and be conscious or weary of how I act, why I need to do it, and having that weary feeling because of the stereotypes and racism against African- Americans still happens.
Racism still happens! Your voice matter#speak up
The Hate You Give is inspiring# Black Lives matter# George Floyd
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