Cultural Portrayals of African Americans: Creating An Ethnic/Racial Identity

By Janis Faye Hutchinson | Go to book overview

antithetical perspective. My 1980 and 1991 reviews of educational film holdings in this and other public school districts reveal that despite the fact that Africa is now a continent of independent nations, accurate portrayals of this reality remain virtually absent from the contemporary images of the continent to which U.S. schoolchildren are exposed.

As a result of the dearth of accurate and sensitive educational media about Africa and the African Diaspora, teachers must bear what may seem to be more than their share of the responsibility for offering effective education. The recommended actions and approaches suggested in this chapter are quite general and are intended primarily to help begin the reorientation of attitudes that is one of the biggest contributors to positive learning. Such efforts could go a long way in helping teachers first to expand their own worldviews and, by exension, to convey to students an appreciation for other peoples of the worlda goal that many educational planners reputedly view as desirable, while obviously condoning the use of instructional aids that do the contrary. Thus, the major task for teachers is to work to actualize the idealized principles that school districts proclaim, but as this educational media analysis suggests they are falling sorely short of this objective.


NOTES
1
When some participants at the Images of Africa Conference resolved to lodge a formal complaint with film and television producers and distributors about the continued projection of Tarzan films, many conferees thought the idea of such a protest anachronistic in an era in which most of Africa was constituted of independent nations. During the two years following the conference, however, two new Tarzan films were released. In a continuation of America's most consistent cinematic denigration of Africans -- and by extension, of all people of African ancestry -- Tarzan films continue to be shown on television.
2
Adjaye further contends that in recent years the media have overemphasized those African nations that are periodically drought-stricken giving an uninformed public the impression that famine and starvation are representative of the continent. Thus creating yet another overly generalized, unrepresentative, and distressing image of Africa has been created.
3
A major issue of which teachers and everyone else concerned about accurate education concerning Africa and the African Diaspora should be aware is that there already exists a substantial body of critical and constructive literature concerning the topic. The reference list accompanying this chapter serves as a guide for teachers in that it includes references to critiques and reviews of existing materials, guidelines, and criteria for evaluating mateirals, and sources of further information. The 1990 Rockefeller report, for example, in addition to its own findings and references to literature about the topic, includes the addresses of university-based Africa Outreach Programs that have as their mission the goal of helping educate the public about the continent.

-45-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Cultural Portrayals of African Americans: Creating An Ethnic/Racial Identity
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 154

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.