Black people are shown in a stereotypical manner in movies, which reinforces negative stereotypes that are present in our society.
It is common for Blacks in movies to use vulgar language, perform physical violence, and engage in crime. Blacks are rarely given leading roles. In film, Blacks are portrayed as being poor, criminals, and violent. Blacks commonly play roles of “gangstas,” “thugs,” and “criminals.” This is absurd. How often do we see a black male playing the role of a successful business man? When are black actors given roles that counteract the negative stereotypes of society and shine light on the fact that all Blacks do not reflect common assumptions? All Blacks are not “pimps” and “whores.” The film industry reinforces the negative stereotypes tied to the Black race. In film, Black actors are not given the chance to play roles that reflect their community in a positive way. What will it take for Black actors to obtain the power and privilege to perform any role they choose to? Instead of forcing Black actors to play roles that reinforce negative stereotypes, the film industry should give them the chance to show the world how flawed our assumptions are.