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An example of an artwork that is stereotyped as a racist piece is the movie and song, "Song of the South." This song and movie was created by Disney film makers. According to Brooke Anderson, the "Song of the South" was supposedly locked away by the creators of the movie and song because of its racial matters.
In addition, she states that, " ... for many years, the film has been blasted as racist for the way it depicts southern blacks." This movie characterizes them as "infidels."




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Furthermore, the movie in short is ideally a movie of how southern blacks were depicted, where the main character is seen as a " Happy-go-lucky simpleton bubbling over with 'ain't nobodies' and 'you tells 'ems.' "

For many, this glamorizes the harsh reality of post-slavery America.
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Not only was it wrong that this movie won an oscar for its song, and Disneyland has a ride created from the movie, "Splash Mountain," but Disney is currently looking over whether or not they should re-release this racist movie. This movie stereotypes how black people of the south were seen and it is "racially demeaning" according to Najee Ali.
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Literature promotes stereotyped racism

Another artwork that examines and stereotypes racism is found in literature. Literature broadens the view of readers and engages them into what they are reading, however, what will readers be "engaged in" if what they are reading is highly discriminatory, biased, and cruel?

(Image: captures how literature is "split" and sometimes is biased in depicting the stereotypes of racism).
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An example of a literary book that stereotypes racism is found in Lothrop Stoddard's book, "The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy." Just by a look at the title, racism is being stereotyped. In this book, Lothrop proceeds to speak of how the white race needs "dominance" in the world, yet, it is not "racist" to say so according to him. In the days that Lothrop was writing his book however, racism was radical and he thought that what he was saying was "morally accurate."


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Perspective- it's about how you see things

Another art form that can be depicted as how art stereotypes racism, is photography. As Elliott Erwitt said, "To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." In many photographs, racism is stereotyped. An example of this could be found in multiple photographs of how southern black people in America were treated. They were treated as slaves and like dirt on the ground. A picture can have a thousand different meanings in it by finding the meaning in it.

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In the article, "Stereotypes and Prejudices," the author writes, "Our society often innocently creates and perpetuates stereotypes, but these stereotypes often lead to unfair discrimination and persecution when the stereotype is unfavorable." Some examples that the author reveals are that from the Genocide and Holocaust. Here, the Jews were discriminated, persecuted, murdered, and mocked by the Nazi Germans.

In addition, the author speaks of how the movie industry portrayed African-Americans as being unintelligent, lazy, or violence-prone.

As a result of viewing these stereotyped pictures of African-Americans, for example, prejudice against African-Americans has been encouraged.

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In 19th century Europe, Jews were classified as an “inferior” race with specific physical and personality characteristics.

Others felt that these traits were genetically passed on and could not be changed.
An increasing emphasis on nationalism also highlighted the Jews as a “foreign element,” which could contaminate the native stock and culture and potentially dominate the native population economically and politically, this planted a seed for the the genocide. Also, by art, in films, books, and plays, Anti-Semetism and racism amongst black people grew and were stereotyped as inferior to the white race.

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In the 1920s, or the "Roaring Twenties," riots broke out with the basis of racism at its core. Tulsa Riots broke out and basically it was where whites stormed into black neighborhoods and burned and looted and killed whomever they found. Unlike the riot in Tulsa, most took place in northern cities. World War I enormously accelerated the movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North, and as a "result" of this, Lothrop Stoddard wrote his book, The Rising Tide of the Colored Empires. Clearly, racism partook in a major role for the daily lives of 1920 citizens living in America. Gradually, racism reached a such high extend that the second Ku Klux Clan "initiated" again.
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In "The Great Gatsby," Tom Buchanan actually brings up the book, The Rising Tide of the Colored Empires and speaks highly of it. In the conversation with everyone, Daisy chimes in and also says that the Nordics (the white race) should beat the other race down. Then, Tom comes to say that it is "scientifically proven" that if the Nordics do not do anything to stop the other race from "multiplying" the Nordics' race will be destroyed. This is just another example of how literature, in the form of art stereotypes racism.
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  • Erwitt, Elliot. "Elliot Erwitt." BrainyQuote. Xplore Inc, 2015. Web. 3 April 2017..
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004. Print.
  • Lingan, John. "Why Can’t You Watch Disney’s Song of the South?" Slate Magazine. N.p., 04 Jan. 2013. Web. 5 April 2017. .
  • Mattsinger. "Just How Racist Is Disney's 'Song of the South'?" ScreenCrush. N.p., 04 Mar. 2016. Web. 4 April 2017. .
  • "Race Riots, Lynchings, and Other Forms of Racism in the 1920s." Race Riots, Lynchings, and Other Forms of Racism in the 1920s. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 March 2017. .
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  • "Stereotypes and Prejudices ." The Holocaust History - A People's and Survivor History - Remember.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 April 2017. .
  • Stoddard, T. Lothrop. "The Rising Tide of Color: Against White World Supremacy." Barnes & Noble. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 April 2017. .
  • Willis, Chirstian. "Disney's Song of the South Discussed on CNN's Paula Zahn Now (4/2/2007)." YouTube. YouTube, 10 April 2016. Web. 4 Apr. 2017. .
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