Race and the Black Male Body
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The author of this report explains that both positive and negative stereotypes regarding a group represent a person's ignorance and a lack of contact with said group. Podhoretz, the author of, "My Negro Problem - and Ours", the essay discussed in the paper, envies the black male physical form but makes no comment on their intelligence or other talents asides from their surface. The author of the paper questions whether or not this shallow praise of the black man's physical form would uphold or oppress his feeling of self-worth.
From the Paper:"There is nothing about getting deeper than the physical surface in Podhoretz's work; black people are described as being beautiful in terms of their physicality, but there is nothing in the essay about mental power, talent, or anything other than an appreciation of the surface of a person. This is similar to what many women feel is the appreciation of the surface of women, which often leads many women into problems with self esteem when they cannot match the mythical ideal that society expects form them, in terms of beauty, thinness, etc."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Podhoretz, N (2009). My Negro Problem--Ours.
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