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TYLER COBB

There are so many different stereotypes of black women, both positive and negative. The media plays a role in how black women are seen in society. A stereotype is a commonly held public belief about or types of individuals. The concepts of "stereotype" and "prejudice" are often confused with many other different meanings. Stereotypes can be about different age, racial or ethnic groups based on some prior assumptions. (J.F. Healey, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class pp33-35). The stereotypes seen in the media influence the thoughts and viewpoints of how people see not only all black women, but individuals as well. According to pop culture and some stereotypes, a black woman has a big butt, an attitude, is loud, unfriendly and a list of other common misconceptions. Black women and white women are often times compared to one another in terms of looks, behavior and attitude. Many will argue that in those categories white women are superior. Black men who choose to only date white woman often choose to do so because they may find white women more attractive, “behave” better and don’t have an attitude. It is unfortunate that all black women have to be held to the stereotype. Often times black women are not even given an opportunity to disprove the stereotype because people automatically “judge a book by its cover”. A woman in general should be judged as an individual and not by her race/ethnicity as a whole. There are very few iconic successful black women in today’s society who are not involved in the music industry. There isn’t anything wrong with successful women in the music industry, but there is too much focus on how those women are viewed by society, more specifically the younger generation. Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama are both great examples of what society would view as not your “average black woman”. Once Michelle Obama became the first lady America had a new perspective on black women, other than Oprah Winfrey who has been a popular icon in...
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