As African Americans make strides further away from the idea of slavery, stereotypes displayed in the media continue to set them back. A stereotype is “to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same (Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary).” The ideas that were ingrained in the mindset of Americans for so long have given way to a less conscious variant of segregation. African American portrayal in the media has caused a number of effects on the community. These factors include education, self esteem, and portrayal on television programs.
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