Popular Culture: Racial Stereotyping in American Society
Race is a division concept of humankind that is harnessed through a paradox both visually and invisibly. It is based on the cultural background, language, skin color, and creed. It can be understood as a concept to symbolize sociopolitical interests and conflicts in reference to different types of people. The perception of race determines the value of self-respect that people have towards one another. People are exposed to racial stereotypes through the media with no restrictions. Since racial conflictions have been around for years, America copes with a way to project this issue through the media. The Oscar Film nominee “The Blind Side” is a perfect example of exposure to racial subjectivism in popular culture. Another credible resource that accentuates this ideal topic is Michael Omi’s essay “In Living Color”; he highlights and talks about the overt manifestations of racism in popular culture. Another introductorily essay, Zora Neale Hurston’s “How It Feels to Be Colored Me”, recites her personal experience and misinterpretations about her culture and skin color. Furthermore, judgments on racial appearance and beliefs are known to be controversial on the human aspect of life, it can be processed and embedded both positively and negatively. In fact, in the film, the Blind Side, overtly portrays racial stereotyping in the 21st century through the depiction of the storyline. Society holds different types of roles for human beings to act upon. The roles of American Caucasian people are known to be superficial, successful, judgmental, and emotional. They have the ability to support themselves and their families. Education is an important factor in becoming successful. Not many people get that opportunity to experience the feeling of doing schoolwork, and learning academic skills. Colored people are ranged from different shades of skin color, different cultural values and intellect. Back then; they tend to be mistreated verbally and physically by being put down, ignored, threatened, beaten, criticized, and isolated, and so on. Life was a challenge to live by those who were severely hurt. While finances are low, they struggle their way to support their families by any penny they can earn. Their environment was not as extravagant as the upper white class. Racial inequality has become exploited with the massive amount of unfairness. Society has an ability to convey a sense of deep melancholy and yearning towards this issue but there has yet to be differences throughout the whole world.
A extraordinary film, The Blind Side, showcases racial differences due to the acts of a wealthy Caucasian woman, Leigh Anne Touhy, helping out a fostered seventeen year old African American teenage boy, Michael Oher. She offers her hospitality after seeing him walking in the pouring rain in the middle of the night. But he declined her offer and said “he was walking to his house”. She had a strong sense that he was not telling her the truth, so she followed him a couple blocks and saw him walking to a local Laundromat store. Michael finally gave in, after she asked him for the final time if he wanted a place to stay for the night. Leigh Anne convinced her husband to let Michael stay longer. He felt irrational about this decision, and then he agreed to her wishes. The racial differences show that Leigh Anne has a kind heart to help another unfortunate individual. She offered him shelter, food to eat, enrollment to education and most of all, a bed. In one of the most inspiring scenes in this movie, Leigh Anne provided Michael, his own room. He later thanked her for everything that she has done for him. She thought that he never had a room to himself before, but he admitted that he has never had an actual bed. He was so used to sleeping on random objects at random places. Michael shows appreciation to what has been given to him. Despite of Michael’s skin color, Leigh Anne looks past the...
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