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The topic I chose for the week 4 assignment is the portrayal of minorities in the media, specifically focusing on television and movies. I decided to choose this topic because I believe the misrepresentation of minorities in the media is an issue that has been going on for years and still continues to do so in 2020. Not only are they not shown on screen as often as non-minorities, but when they are very often are they represented in an inaccurate, stereotypical way. This has negative effects on both the minorities themselves and any other viewers who will watch these shows/movies and believe what they see to be accurate. In my research paper, I intend to explain these negative effects as well as discuss the history of this problem & why it still exists.

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With the sources I selected, I intend to give a background explanation on where racial stereotypes in the media began. I will also explain the reasons behind why there has always been an underrepresentation of minorities and why it still happens in modern days. I will then go into the effects this has on the minorities themselves, as well as the non-minorities and how it affects their perception of other ethnicities and races. I will go into detail on the various types of stereotypes that are used as well as how they are obviously and subtly put into television shows and movies. Lastly, I will explain how this problem can be fixed.

SOURCES to be used:

Westport, Conn (2004) Black Demons: The media’s depiction of the African American male criminal stereotype.

Markovitz, Jonathan (April 2011) Racial Spectacles: Explorations in Media, Race, and Justice.

Covington, Jeanette. (April 2010) Cultural Misinformation about African Americans in Media and Academia.

Dave, Shilpa S. (March 2013) Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film.


Google references:

Topos Partnership (October 2011) Media Representations and the Impact on the lives of Black Men and Boys

Castaneda, Maria (2018) The Power of Misrepresentation: Why Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes in the Media Matter

Ashmelash, Sarah, Remmers, Jasmijn (2014) Mass Media: The Constructions of Ethnic Stereotypes.

Green, Laura. Negative Racial Stereotypes and their Effect on Attitudes Toward African- Americans

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