Historical Stereotyped Representations of African Americans in Film

Mammy “is usually very fat… very dark, and wears a bandanna and a beaming smile as a sign of how much she enjoys her oppressed position…. She was often shown as deeply committed to the white family and especially caring of the children.”- Gail Dines

Black Buck refers to a black man who refused to bend to white authority and were irredeemably violent, rude, and lecherous.

Tragic Mulatto an archetypal mixed race person who is  sad or even suicidal because he/she fails to completely fit in the “white world” or the “black world”.

Coon portrayed as a lazy, easily frightened, chronically idle, inarticulate, buffoon.

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