Stereotyping of African Americans still lingering

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When you hear or use the word stereotype, it is usually said in a negative matter. There are many different stereotypes of various types for individuals and cultures.
A stereotype can be defined as a conventional, formulaic, oversimplified conception, opinion or image, and no matter what cultural group, gender or race you belong to or are apart of, there are always going to be certain perceptions, sometimes controversial ones, negative or positive.
Most are overused, inappropriate, and are not always true, especially the stereotypes perceived with African-American males. These particular individuals get the harshest criticism and are constantly being portrayed as thugs, dangerous and ignorant.
Growing up as an African American male, I’ve dealt with many stereotypes from “We are not intelligent,” to We’re all from the ghetto,” and that we are all either selling drugs or killing one another, and that a majority of the fathers are deadbeat dads who do not take care of their children.
Growing up, I’ve seen prostitution, drug selling and even witnessed people getting shot; however, I always knew that I was not going to be another victim of those activities or just another statistic, and there were quite a few others who weren’t either.
Hall of Fame running back Curtain Martin grew up in the same neighborhood as I did in Homewood, a predominantly African American neighborhood of Pittsburgh that is considered extremely dangerous to many. Film director Antoine Fuqua was also born and raised in Homewood. However, no matter how much success African American males have, the negatives are always being brought up and we are constantly viewed in such an atrocious matter.
In the journal article “Theorizing on the Stereotyping of Black Male Student-Athletes,” it was said that more so than white athletes, blacks aspire to professional careers in basketball, boxing and football as a means to economical and social mobility.
Black males comprise an ever increasing proportion of urban public schools, which most often are schools with high levels of low-income families. Often these youths attend schools typified with insufficient budgets; resulting in inadequate equipment and facilities to participate in a variety of sport activities. Lastly, one of the most controversial statements that was made in the article was that since the 19th century and still today, lingering stereotypic beliefs about blacks depict them as athletically superior while intellectually inferior to whites (Ogden & Hilt, 2003; Rudman, 1986).
After reading this article, I respectfully disagree. Blacks in general are a minority and in the U.S. there are more whites, so the graduating and employment rates will most likely favor white males, but by no means does that mean that black males are intellectually inferior.
There are many brilliant and successful black men who are conquering, prevailing and changing the world each and every day. It is also not just black men who do not always taking care and raise their kids, but adults period, fathers and mothers, black and white. However, instead of hearing about the accomplishments black men achieve, we constantly hear about the adversity and antagonism as if the world doesn’t want to see black men succeed.
As a result, it shows how divided and prejudiced this country and world still are, and how we still have many obstacles as a nation that we have to overcome. It shouldn’t be about one race, gender or a specific group. We should all be one and realize that we all have issues. And even though we are constantly being attacked and abused verbally and physically, we are continuing to overcome the odds.

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