A documentary “Refers to a film or video that explores a subject in a way the public expects to be factual and accurate. Documentaries may be balanced by Including various view points, or they may be subjective, offering the viewpoint and impressions of one producer. ” (PBS, 2007) When watching a documentary, we look at non-fiction sources and opinions. In this day and time, we have documentary that educate the young and give a considerable amount of information to stay informed, and knowledgeable of our surroundings.
Therefore, the media has a certain amount f control on what we see as daily news. Everyday, we are unaware by the affects of what we watch, what we see, how we act, and speak. The Modern Racist Paradigm is a documentary which focuses on how media has affected us throughout the years, and how as time progresses we suffer from the ideological views that frames our society. “The medias the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the Innocent guilty and to make the guilty Innocent, and that’s the power. Because they control the minds of the masses?Malcolm X” (Modern Racist Paradigm, 2007)
Many people may agree they are not racist, or do not have racist opinions however, passive racism and Internalized racism Is Just one of two subjects that allows this to be of great debate. Media allows for a norm or standard to be created and since European imperialism that norm has been set and acted on by Caucasians (White race). Any other ethnicity, race, or culture is considered the other” which refers to the idea that if you are not what society considers as the norm, you are set back as if you are not equal in stance. Ultimately we have grown to associate a “positive” and a negative” which makes way for outcasts in today’s society.
Modern Racist Paradigm, page 2 Who ever control’s the media, contains the power to Influence a society and Its youth generation. It began during European Imperialism, colonialism, and expansionism. It was considered the “new Imperialism” which occurred between 1 880 and 1900, when European governments wanted to claim new territory. Caucasian people came, therefore, to rule millions of black and brown people in Africa and Asia. Ultimately, the affects of the slave trade in Africa and Asia still affects the later generations today.
It should be well noted, that the reasons for imperialism were competition for trade, superior military force, European power politics, and a racist belief in European superiority. Due to this it is no surprise that: “Most of the decision-makers in North American news and entertainment media are white. Media ownership is mainly concentrated in the hands of white males; white Journalists dominate the mainstream media; and white people hold most creative positions in the entertainment media as actors, writers and directors. All these factors contribute to he prevalence of whiteness In media, and help to reinforce white privilege as the norm. (Modern Racist Paradigm, 2007) Allowing for a standard or a norm to be created has its affects and negative Implications; one Dealing Internalize racism or, ten entreat AT ones sell. Loyal we 00 not seem to notice that this is occurring until we really take time to consider its idea. As seen in the Modern Racist Paradigm an experiment by a high school student in the US was conducted, where she took a white doll and a black doll and sat it in front of 21 black children raging in Modern Racist Paradigm, page 3 gees from 3-5. She asked, “Which doll would you prefer to play with?
And which doll is the good doll as opposed to the bad doll? ” (Modern Racist Paradigm, 2007) 15 of 21 children involved picked the white doll. This proves that children even from as young as 3-5 already associate “positive” with white, as oppose to any other racial group. Rather than thinking of the severity of this situation, consider why it is happening. Currently, it appears that the best way to defend racism is to say it does not exist. According to the documentary, in Asian countries, a large majority of people are eating surgery on their eyes called, double eyelid surgery.
This is considered to make a person more beautiful; however, it can also be seen as racially tweaking your identity to ultimately make you look more Recounting. The same thing is happening when people choose to bleach their skin, or weave their hair to make it longer and straight. Why do people everyday, want to have lighter complexion, and straighter hair with a thin figure? Again, the media has a certain degree of control. Women and men considered most beautiful fit this description. Maybe because of the absence of
Asians in media, or in rolls of importance, allows for them to feel less important or less appealing. This internalized racism affects everyone who is said not to be the norm or standard. It even explains why stereotypes in media play such a large role in the human psych. An example of this goes back to the idea of orientation and creating “the other”. The Middle East for centuries has been the outcast in media. Many without even realizing it fear people of the Middle East, it is whom America despises and makes a mockery of in everyday life.
Modern Racist Paradigm, page 4 America has made it a goal to even allow for children to see Arabs a certain way, so that as they grow up, this interpretation sticks with them and acts as a deciding factor for how they will ultimately feel about the Arab population in the work force, education, and commercial scene. In the 1993 movie Aladdin, the theme song was very popular and embedded in the minds of many children. “Oh I come from a land, from a far away place, where they cut off your ear, if they don’t like your face, its barbaric but hey, its home. (Modern Racist Paradigm, 2007) This film was watched by lions of children all over the world, and was considered Disney’s most accomplished film; however, it includes every demeaning and degrading, horrible stereotypes (larger facial features, poverty stricken, dirty, barbaric) of the Middle East, which would play a role in how each child, ultimately views Arabs. This idea of the “other” not only in Arabs but any ethnic minority literally stands as the basis for the “elite” to maximize there profit along with there own individual stance. “Stereotypes play an intriguing role in the human psyche.
We all know that the targets of negative troopers can be hurt by them, and studies have shown that people who are the object of unfair bias can adopt the negative traits attributed to them. ” (Modern Racist Paradigm, U/) Medal wall continue to portray a sell-serving negative stereotype AT minorities in order to guarantee economic stability. This affirms why there is exaggerations of black on black crime, and especially why a school of children as seen in Modern Racist Paradigm associate a picture of a white man with being a teacher, and nice, and the black man, a basketball player, a thief.
These Modern Racist Paradigm, page 5 scenarios are coincidental, however, whether any one wants to think it or not, this has been going on for centuries and as long as we assume that it doesn’t exist, we’ll be ignorant to the fact, and allow its continuation. Through subliminal messaging our minds are greatly altered and affected. No matter how clear headed we think we are the experiences we have faced for centuries allow us to have a different and wrong outlook of the way things are. L, myself, in the past have gone to a school that is predominantly white being faced with complete discrimination.
I tried to tell myself hat the subtle, yet horrible things children would say to me was simply; a Joke. Going to school however, I felt that I was expected to fail because I was not the norm or standard. No matter how much I would like to deny this, the feelings I felt were understood by many of my friends who were also outside the norm. Maybe this is why only 10% of black males in Canada are graduating, or why crime rates in the predominantly Black or Spanish neighborhoods are high. It’s all that is shown of ethnic minorities, it’s what is expected, and it’s ultimately, what has become of the ultra.
Tara Banks in response to the Asian woman who received double eyelid surgery proclaimed, “This is not my hair, and for the years I have been modeling, I know I can’t use my natural hair because it isn’t considered as beautiful. I know that because of my childhood when I wasn’t considered as pretty as the other girls, regardless of knowing its wrong, it still affects me. ” (Modern Racist Paradigm, 2007) This is no different to acknowledging that if everyday, we see a given stereotype being practiced by many, we become accustom to that stereotype and except it as the laity or accurate belief.
Subconsciously, throughout centuries, we have associated a positive Modern Racist Paradigm, page 6 image with white people. White media “in its constant propagation of repetitive images depicting Caucasians in positive roles and as protagonists while usually depicting Non- Caucasians as background characters and antagonists- which are often connected to negative themes and stereotypes – the media elite have been able to effectively condition general society into subconsciously adhering to a racist social hierarchy in which Caucasian people are at the very apex. Exposing the Racist Paradigm, 2007) The only way too truly change the pattern in which media represents minorities, is to start to understand what’s going on, and to remember the roots in which each minority once derived from. The use of stereotypes in our society has potential to ruin us. We can start with the youth, showing them right from wrong and monitoring what they are allowed to watch on TV, or listen to on stereos. “Which is the dirty boy? ” a woman asks a young black child as she shows a picture of a little went DOD Ana a little Dalai DOD wearing ten same clothes Walt ten only
Deterrence being skin color. “That one. ” He says as he points to the black child, and in response when explaining why he chose it, he replied “because he’s not the same color he’s suppose to be” (Modern Racist Paradigm, 2007). If children already feel this away about their own skin complexion, imagine as they grow up how this internalized racism will allow for their pride and love for themselves to be limited. This must stop, and children must be taught to know a difference, whether it starts from at home, the education system, or media itself.