Essay On Demonization Of African Americans

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Being Held Down The 60’s were a decade of breaking barriers for African Americans in the United States. In 1964 Congress passed the Civil Rights act, making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race. This allowed African Americans to be treated equal and enjoy a social life in the same public areas as whites. Following the legal actions, African Americans experienced what sociologists would call rising expectations. They believed that the recent legal actions would bring better conditions in the lives of African Americans. However the lives of the poor would change very little. As the years passed conditions for African Americans would get better little by little. They would make notable advances in politics, education, and jobs. College enrollments would increase which would result in the expansion of the middle class. Today half of African Americans make more than 40,000 a year. This is a substantial rise considering where they were 50 years ago. Despite all of these significant gains in the lives of African Americans there continues to be a significant gap in politics, economics, and education. This is somewhat surprising bearing in mind the population of African Americans relative to that of the White population. With the…show more content…
The demonization of African Americans in America comes not only from Whites, but also from those of their own race. The imaging projected worldwide by American mass media of Blacks, especially Black males, fly in the face of reality. Those images have some small amount of validity, but they are crafted from the Black underclass, and then used to depict the entire 100% of Blacks. It’s not just the white media, the black media also does Blacks a grave disservice by helping to destroy Black people's reputation worldwide by modeling images that many inner city youths, who already have enough negative models, think are true Black America, worthy of

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