Blacks and Television
In a study conducted by Donna McNally, she discovered
that the portrayal of blacks on television provides a better examination
of their roles in creating and maintaining the low subjective expectation
that many blacks have regarding their ability, collectively and individiuality.
A great number of blacks do not believe in their power to impact the social
system. This inactivity precipitates blacks to be powerless. One way in which
television appears to have reinforced this powerlessness of blacks is by
portraying black characters that are unrecognized whose characters are ineffective
and tend to be less serious than whites. EXAMPLES
The deceased, rapper, poet and street lyricist, Tupac Shakur, often
wrote and sung songs entitled "America's Most Wanted" that portrayed a roguish
image in addition to his constant legal charges of drugs and shootings. However,
his videos were played on MTV and BET depicted such a violent, immoral individual
that notoriously had tattooed "Outlaw" on his forearm and "Thug Life" on
his abdomen. According to a study conducted by Ross Bandura, Tupac explicitly
was an imitation of film-mediated aggressive behavior.
Unfortunately, children have a natural inclination to
imitate this aggressive behavior among their peers and family, simply because
they learn what is observed, regardless of the consequences.