African-Americans in Society Today Term Paper by Master Researcher

African-Americans in Society Today
A discussion on the images and stereotypes perpetuated against the African-American nation.
# 35997 | 650 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 24, 2003 in Sociology (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper discusses the theory that the African-American nation is seen to be a problem in society and thus segmented from the whole nation. The paper explains how they are the 'unwanted others' who have been struggling for survival and to gain an identity of the self for decades. The paper discusses the image and stereotypes of blacks that they are poor, that their ghettoes are crime ridden and that they are in no way capable of being 'successful'.

From the Paper:

"The problem that Du Bois sees for the African Americans is that they are caught between two worlds, for while they want to acculturate themselves in America, they do not want to forget their cultural heritage and yet, with a heritage of slavery, the Negro is viewed with displeasure. At one end the Negro reminds the white nation of the abuse that was brought upon them and at the other they are seen as a nation, which cannot succeed, and in its failure is bringing the entire America down. Such concepts are seen emerging through decades.
"The African Americans first believed that through the end of slavery they would be free but that was an incorrect notion for once that they were emancipated they had to suffer at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan. They then saw gaining electoral power as the way to success and still the freedom remained elusive. Then as Du Bois puts it, " Mission and night schools began in the smoke of battle..."
"Education gave the Black Experience awareness of their ordeal and a different sort of suffering began as the statistics showed the blacks were bogged down in poverty as the nation progressed. The cultural traditions were shattered as the realization of the self began. The African Americans realized that their women had been raped and there was a whole generation of 'bastard' kids who belonged in neither world shattering anew the conception of pride that the Africans gained."

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