This documentary traces the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice.

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Ethnic Notions is Marlon Riggs' Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. Through these images we can begin to understand the evolution of racial consciousness in America. Loyal Toms, carefree Sambos, faithful Mammies, grinning Coons, savage Brutes, and wide-eyed Pickaninnies roll across the screen in cartoons, feature films, popular songs, minstrel shows, advertisements, folklore, household artifacts, even children's rhymes. These dehumanizing caricatures permeated popular culture from the 1820s to the Civil Rights period and implanted themselves deep in the American psyche. Narration by Esther Rolle and commentary by respected scholars shed light on the origins and devastating consequences of this 150 yearlong parade of bigotry. Ethnic Notions situates each stereotype historically in white society's shifting needs to justify racist ... Written by Anonymous

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19 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was greatly disturbed by the images in this documentary, es specially being an Afro-Latino. The fact that all of White America see's the blacks as the horrid images they show...angers and saddens me. This may prove to some great information to those who know nothing about the history of minstrel shows and things of that sort, but it may scare those of African descent. Watch with caution.

Also, the narrator say's something along the lines of minstrel shows being the ascendant of todays blacks shows.....this is my opinion, is not true. Minstrel shows were made by Whites, to laugh at their view of blacks. Todays blacks shows were made by blacks who show what they think and so forth.


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