Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Does the Media Play a Role?

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For the homework that was assigned to us, I wrote my paper on the Rush Hour movies. I find that there is a trend in movies such as Men in Black (actor Will Smith), Beverly Hills Cop (actor Eddie Murphy), and the recent Cop Out (actor Tracy Morgan). The trend is the way they portray these characters. They are loud-mouth, never stop talking, always racist toward their partners, very unconventional etc…. The way I see it these movies are creating the negative prejudice that Blacks encounter daily. If someone one grows up in a neighborhood where they do not interact with a certain group, these movies are extremely likely to shape their beliefs. I find it not to be only in the case of Blacks, but also in  that of White, Chinese, Africans, Muslim, Indians, Native Americans stereotypes. I personally find it  impossible to fight racism when the place people get most of their information from are very prejudice.


Written by emefad

March 17, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I’ve noticed this myself. The “Black Cop” stereotype, at least in films, is always an idiotic slacker. Tracy Morgan has made a career of playing that type of role. I’m sure the actors are aware of this, but those constant depictions only strengthen negative sterotypes. People will believe Black people are idiots if that’s what they constantly see in the media.


    March 17, 2010 at 11:37 pm

  2. I remember watching the Rush Hour movies and thinking how hilarious the black guy was. I think movies try to use the black guy has comedy relief. If there were no black people in any of these movies I feel like people would complain that there aren’t any black people. Also, movies like Zoolander and Napolean Dinamite all are white people that are portrayed as stupid.


    March 18, 2010 at 12:04 am

  3. I never really thought about it, but your exactly right about all those movies and how each of the black actors are protrayed. Its crazy because all of those are somewhat comedies, and we laugh at what they are saying even when everything coming out of th actors mouth is racist or a stereotype.


    March 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm

  4. I totally agree. Media does play a major role


    March 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm

  5. This is very true but it goes unnoticed because most people feel that it is done for comedy. Even though it is for comedy the message is that all blacks are silly and never take anything serious while the person playing the opposite role is the logical thinker and usually the hero.


    March 18, 2010 at 7:08 pm

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