The Five Stereotypes Of African Americans In Classic Hollywood Cinema

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There are five stereotypes of African Americans that were frequently used in classic Hollywood cinema such as: the Coon, Uncle Tom, Mammy, Tragic Mulatto, and Black Buck. Coon is the type of African American that is lazy, unsuccessful, foolish, talkative that does any and everything to get out of working. Uncle Tom was the man who was a black slave that worked for a white man which was his master. Mammy was Uncle Tom’s counterpart who took great care of the white master’s children without being concerned about her own. Coon, Uncle Tom, and Mammy were all portrayed as innocent, nonsexual, and happily obedient. This was all supported during slavery but after slavery ended the stereotype turned into something even more disturbing. Tragic Mulatto

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