Media Has Affected African American Children Slef Image

899 words - 4 pages

Helen Valverde
Professor- Koritzke
10 October 2013

Media Has Affected African-American Children Self-image
Modern advertisements have devastatingly affected African-American children through teenagers; pushing realized their own faults, marketers bombarded them with magazine covers and ads of “perfect” beauty. Media images have great influence on societal ideals–particularly when it comes to African-American children. African-Americans are often portrayed in movies as low income citizens, criminals, or drug addicts. Mass media portrays white females as being the primarily beauty, it's no wonder African-American ...view middle of the document...

"GMA" then moved on to that question about which doll is nice and which is not. Sixty years ago, 56 percent of the children chose the white doll. The majority of our kids chose black or both and 32 percent chose the white doll” said Ahuja (Ahuja). When ask who the nice doll is? One seven year old girl answered the black doll. For example in Kenneth and Mamie Clark experiment all the children answered the white doll was the nice doll.
Fast forward to recent times Kiri Davis directed a video “A girl like me” that showed different stories of black girl’s self-image. Davis interviewed African-Americans teenagers of their concerns and issues how the media is now portraying African-Americans. How the media is now portraying beautiful woman is affecting their self-image. The teenagers described a beautiful black woman being light skin tone with long straight hair and smart. To achieve a more beautiful skin color many black people bleach their skin. The girls recall their family members using skin bleaching cream. Some of them knew at an early age their skin color was set back to what they consider beautiful in their culture. In order to achieve a more acceptable look in the African community black girls bleach their skin and perm their hair. Black girls do not have any knowledge of their culture because they are more focus on how they should look. What they look is what they media shows how a beautiful black woman should look. The media is the one to blame for black teenagers to think this way.
The media portrays a negative effect on a teen girl’s body, size, and beauty. One of the most important ideas the media affects is a teen girl thinking how pretty she is. Magazines, TV, every type of media today is giving tips on how to apply makeup, and hair...

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