Tag Archives: Racism

Reaction to Ethnic Notions

Although we as Americans have come a long way since the animations showed in Ethnic Notions, we still have a long way to go. The plays, story books, and animated clips of the antebellum period to the 1960s all exaggerated the negative stereotypes associated with African-Americans. Most characters appeared more animalistic than human, with big bulging bright white eyes and huge lips that covered half of their faces. The different forms of media of those time periods focused on the white attitude that America would be a better place with fewer blacks. To think that anyone would benefit from the death of a fellow law-abiding citizen who worked tirelessly for his/her freedom is mind-boggling. Despite the fact that blacks are given less extreme negative stereotypes in today’s popular media, they are still much more limited than whites in terms of the range of work that is available. The following article demonstrates this, taking the lead from Chris Rock’s speech at the 84th Academy Awards in 2012.