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In todays society many racial groups are stereotyped African Americans AsianAmericans and Mexican Americans are among the most frequent racial groupsstereotyped against American journalist Walter Lippman in his book publicopinion first introduced the modern usage of the word stereotype in 1922Gray 1 The context of this paper will focus on African Americans in the UnitedStates and how they have faced many adversities and have struggled to gainequality in the United States The degree of which white endorse negativestereotypes of blacks not only biases judgments of blacks verses whites aswelfare recipients in criminal suspects but also affects the way they respondto counter-stereotypical information about the target Peffley 1Negative stereotypes of African Americans have been deeply ingrained in AngloAmerican culture ever since Africans were first brought to this country inchains The stereotypes served an essential purpose they justified Angloenslavement of Africans The captured Africans were presented as dangerous andviolent and as pagans who would benefit from the civilizing influence ofChristian slaveholders They also were presented as feckless ignorantchild-like beings that needed the fatherly care of the slave owner Martindale3One of the most recent problems occurring today is racism in the mediaStereotyping in television and movies has reached its zenith and it hasprolifically increased since the early 90s Martindale 2 Images from thesemediums constantly bombard American children with negative and unrealisticportrayals of African American life or deny the existence of African-Americansin a true American society at all Grey 2One of the most famous examples of internalization of stereotypes is theexperiment first used in the case of Brown vs the Board of education in 1954The Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision that the separate but equalclause was unconstitutional because it violated the childrens rights byseparating them solely on the classification of the color of their skin TheCase 2 In this experiment black children were shown almost identical dollsthe only palpable difference being skin color because one doll was black andone was white When the children were questioned on
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