HowAfrican Americans are portrayed in Reality Television Shows
Acompelling role in the way African American women and men isportrayed is played or shown by different mass medias. After theformation of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements there hasbeen a considerable change of the imagery of black people in mediaespecially on television (Travis 1). Nevertheless, most media chieflyfocus their attention on crime, drug-use, and other types ofanti-social behaviors that are believed to be committed by AfricanAmericans. As a result, most people view African Americans ascrooked this is being a stereotypically racist in an enormousmanner.
Travis(1) argues that there has been a high level of proliferation of Blackperformers in most reality television programming that is aired intoday’s world. The high level of Black performer’s proliferationrarely creates a positive reality of the African American experience.In any case, the participation of Black performers only serve toperpetuate negative stereotypes that have a high likelihood ofcreating false perceptions of Black people for the nation to consume.
Nowadays,the underlying messages that are sent by most reality TV showsportray blacks as impulsive creatures that lack self-control andvision of life (Christian 1). The blacks are also portrayed asindividuals who cannot afford vacations, often shop themselves intobankruptcy, have too many children, and lack slanging rhymes. Forinstance, Christian (1) argues that the behavior of L&HH’sSteve J is a clear indication that the power of a black man is bestexpressed through unprincipled sexual behavior. Such behavior isemotionally disrespectful and abusive since it portrays false andhorrible messages about black men.
Christian,John. ThePortrayal of Blacks in Reality Television.Massachusetts: Smith University, 2005. Web.
Travis,Dixon. ASocial, Cognitive Approach to Studying Racial Stereotyping in MassMedia.Michigan: University of Michigan, 2012. Web.