Stereotype, the African Male

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Erick Wills
March 27, 2013
Professor Hayes
English 101

Stereotype, The African American Male

Most African American males don’t realize the importance of making it out of the stereotype that has been set for us by society. Society has said that we won’t amount to nothing and we can’t achieve. There are so many of us in the criminal system today and I feel it’s because we don’t take advantage of the opportunity that African American icons have fought and died for our future. Our future is now and we have to show the world that we can apply and achieve what Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and other civil rights activists have tried so hard to get for us and really use that power and drive that those black icons showcased during their time on earth. As I look back, I realize that there is some kind of process and success from African American males since the slavery to now.

There’s been change in the African American male society because we have a variety of success African-American males today. We have a variety of black males that are actors, comedians, athletics, doctors, lawyers, and even president. I am proud to say that we are slowly but surely breaking the stereotype of African-American males. When Barack Obama became the 44th president that truly was a sight to see. President Obama to me gave life to the black community and especially the black males, me being an African- American male seeing the first black president get elected felt as if everything Dr. King, Rosa Parks, W.E.B DuBois, and every other civil rights activists did was paying off. Not everyday we get a black president that has been working so hard to become president and when he becomes president he still continues to work hard to get issues under control. African American males now have a mentor, role model, and leader that they can look up to and realize that if this is our president then we have to show society that...
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