Published on December 8, 2014
Jeter 2 Table of Contents IED 3 Uncivilized 7 Storify Project 11 The Snowball Effect 16 Analysis 22 Jeter 3 Theodore Jeter Dr. Claiborne, Dr. Lyn Eng. 102 Sept. 11, 2014 I.E.D Statistics say there are more black men in college than in jail. This fact may come as a surprise to a modern day teenager, because they may have this notion that it is vice versa. Media has portrayed black males as criminals for years, i.e. Denzel Washington in Training Day and Wesley Snipes in New Jack City . This causes self-hate in black men for the fear of being labeled a criminal. As victims, Society’s one -dimensional definition of what it is to be a black man causes self-hate in black masculinity and anger in black men. Society would define an American black male teenager as someone who only listens to rap music, does not know his father, and has been in trouble with law. Music and movies only add to this misconception. The violence in rap music and in movies, which are based in an urban area, are seen as subtle realities in black masculinity. For example, many believe the story portrayed in movies like Boyz in the Hood is an everyday occurrence in the black community of Los Angles, California. Also, rap songs like Stray Bullet by Organized Konfusion which say lines like, “No it’s a flood of blood in circumference to her face/ And an abundance of brains all over the street ,” depict stories of violence and crime in the urban black community. This causes anger in black men by telling them they are something that do not believe that they are; survivors, murders, and thieves.