History Analysis / RaceTropes

11th Apr '16 10:13:57 AM erforce
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'''Europeans:''' Make up the lion's share of western media. The first image that pops up into a westerner's mind upon hearing the word "hero" will probably be a white man (though the main villain, if native to a Western country like America, will nigh inevitably be white as well). Due to the influence of western culture and politics, white people tend to be vastly over-represented in global media. In western media, white people are almost always portrayed as superior to other races (except morally, in which case they might need to be shown the light by a NobleSavage (Film/{{Avatar}}), a down to earth person of color (''Film/BringingDowntheHouse''), or a black man playing God incarnate (BruceAlmighty or Bedazzled).) The most pronounced example of this trend is the MightyWhitey, who surpasses all non-whites around him and sometimes snags TheChiefsDaughter for his trouble. Over the years, efforts have been made to diversify western media and eliminate the racism, though it's an ongoing debate as to how successful these efforts have been. Even in nonfiction, [[MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome white people seem to get more attention than anyone else]]. Diversified casts, often aimed at minority audiences, usually have at least a TokenWhite character, who is often TheLancer. Because white people are considered to have all the power in western society, they are AcceptableEthnicTargets, usually as a form of [[WhiteDudeBlackDude comedy]]. What also must be taken into consideration is that certain ''types'' of what we now call "white" people were historically not depicted very often because they were thought of as "not white enough", or in some cases not white at all. In general, only Anglo-Saxons, Germanic, Scandinavians, Baltic Slavs, Russians from the western side of Russia, and the French (except when [[LatinLover their "Latin" traits were being played up]]) have been the only European groups thought of as unambiguously "white" throughout the entire history of American popular media. Eastern Europeans (especially Russians) are still often stereotyped as evil commies (in the US) or poor, job stealing nuisances (in the UK).

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'''Europeans:''' Make up the lion's share of western media. The first image that pops up into a westerner's mind upon hearing the word "hero" will probably be a white man (though the main villain, if native to a Western country like America, will nigh inevitably be white as well). Due to the influence of western culture and politics, white people tend to be vastly over-represented in global media. In western media, white people are almost always portrayed as superior to other races (except morally, in which case they might need to be shown the light by a NobleSavage (Film/{{Avatar}}), a down to earth person of color (''Film/BringingDowntheHouse''), or a black man playing God incarnate (BruceAlmighty (''Film/BruceAlmighty'' or Bedazzled).''Film/{{Bedazzled|2000}}'').) The most pronounced example of this trend is the MightyWhitey, who surpasses all non-whites around him and sometimes snags TheChiefsDaughter for his trouble. Over the years, efforts have been made to diversify western media and eliminate the racism, though it's an ongoing debate as to how successful these efforts have been. Even in nonfiction, [[MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome white people seem to get more attention than anyone else]]. Diversified casts, often aimed at minority audiences, usually have at least a TokenWhite character, who is often TheLancer. Because white people are considered to have all the power in western society, they are AcceptableEthnicTargets, usually as a form of [[WhiteDudeBlackDude comedy]]. What also must be taken into consideration is that certain ''types'' of what we now call "white" people were historically not depicted very often because they were thought of as "not white enough", or in some cases not white at all. In general, only Anglo-Saxons, Germanic, Scandinavians, Baltic Slavs, Russians from the western side of Russia, and the French (except when [[LatinLover their "Latin" traits were being played up]]) have been the only European groups thought of as unambiguously "white" throughout the entire history of American popular media. Eastern Europeans (especially Russians) are still often stereotyped as evil commies (in the US) or poor, job stealing nuisances (in the UK).
24th Mar '16 5:59:53 PM nombretomado
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'''Blacks:''' People of sub-Saharan African descent, regardless of actual skintone, with African-American specific stereotypes prevailing. Frequently the TokenMinority in an otherwise all-white cast, black people have achieved the greatest increase in positive TV depictions. The MagicalNegro is the most common one, but some producers still can't resist slipping in a wisecracking UncleTomfoolery for comic relief, though such stereotypical roles often come with a YouKnowImBlackRight line or StereotypeReactionGag from the creators as a sort of "we're not racists but we're still going to make a race gag anyway." The ScaryBlackMan crops up in police procedural shows, but is always found to be innocent, avoiding the stigma of the ScaryMinoritySuspect. There's an increased chance of appearing in a role on a TV show as a judge or a police officer.They are most likely to become a CaptainEthnic or ProudWarriorRaceGuy. Growing more frequent in television is the BlackBossLady, who simultaneously provides a positive black character as well as a positive female character in a TwoferTokenMinority. There is also BlackAndNerdy, a character who is pretty much completely stripped of any typical black stereotypes and is most likely academically inclined (but may still speak with an inner city accent and use double negatives). The subject of portraying black male characters and crime is problematic. One side of the issue argues that current depictions play into [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_black_man_stereotype stereotypes of violent black men]]. The other side of the issue says that [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir modern depictions]] ignore important issues in black communities and paint an [[TheCosbyShow unrealistically positive]] picture. So whatever, sticking to stereotypes you can't win either way.

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'''Blacks:''' People of sub-Saharan African descent, regardless of actual skintone, with African-American specific stereotypes prevailing. Frequently the TokenMinority in an otherwise all-white cast, black people have achieved the greatest increase in positive TV depictions. The MagicalNegro is the most common one, but some producers still can't resist slipping in a wisecracking UncleTomfoolery for comic relief, though such stereotypical roles often come with a YouKnowImBlackRight line or StereotypeReactionGag from the creators as a sort of "we're not racists but we're still going to make a race gag anyway." The ScaryBlackMan crops up in police procedural shows, but is always found to be innocent, avoiding the stigma of the ScaryMinoritySuspect. There's an increased chance of appearing in a role on a TV show as a judge or a police officer.They are most likely to become a CaptainEthnic or ProudWarriorRaceGuy. Growing more frequent in television is the BlackBossLady, who simultaneously provides a positive black character as well as a positive female character in a TwoferTokenMinority. There is also BlackAndNerdy, a character who is pretty much completely stripped of any typical black stereotypes and is most likely academically inclined (but may still speak with an inner city accent and use double negatives). The subject of portraying black male characters and crime is problematic. One side of the issue argues that current depictions play into [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_black_man_stereotype stereotypes of violent black men]]. The other side of the issue says that [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir modern depictions]] ignore important issues in black communities and paint an [[TheCosbyShow [[Series/TheCosbyShow unrealistically positive]] picture. So whatever, sticking to stereotypes you can't win either way.
18th Mar '16 11:22:26 PM Hossmeister
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The above classifications are meaningless terms in anthropology and evolutionary biology because science has shown there isn't enough difference between the groups to warrant the classification. Sociologists still use these terms but they're used as social constructs instead of being grounded in biology.

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The above classifications are meaningless terms in anthropology and evolutionary biology because science has shown there isn't enough difference between the groups to warrant the classification. Sociologists still use these terms but they're used as social constructs instead of being grounded in biology.
29th Feb '16 2:15:19 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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'''Jews:''' Perhaps over-represented as a "minority", Jews pop up all over the place in literature, film, and television, especially in the USA. This is most likely due to the significant influence that Jewish culture has had in the arts, especially in Los Angeles and New York. Writers often [[YouHaveToHaveJews include a Jew]], even if they don't plan on doing anything with the character's faith, just to make sure that Judaism is represented somehow. Don't expect there to be any distinction made between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform branches of Judaism. Media depictions of a bris and bar mitzvahs are common when Jews are involved in the storyline, but it is incredibly uncommon for a girl's bat mitzvah to ever be depicted, let alone even mentioned. Good luck getting one past the [[InformedJudaism informed]] or [[AmbiguouslyJewish ambiguous]] markers, though, and don't expect to find any Israelis or [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi non-Ashkenazim]]. Overly stereotyped as having dark hair and paleness, despite there being plenty of blond/blonde haired and blue eyed Jews, red-headed Jews[[note]]In fact, in some parts of the world, red hair was historically seen as a Jewish trait -- famous real and fictional red-haired Jews include [[Literature/TheBible David, Esau, Judas, Mary Magdalene]], [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Shylock]], [[Literature/OliverTwist Fagin]], [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kyle and Sheila Broflovski]], [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel Art Garfunkel]], and Creator/GeneWilder.[[/note]], green eyed Jews, mixed-race Jews, African American Jews, Hispanic Jews, East African Jews and converts from all over the world. Most media Jews are just white people with Judaism added as a character trait.

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'''Jews:''' Perhaps over-represented as a "minority", Jews pop up all over the place in literature, film, and television, especially in the USA. This is most likely due to the significant influence that Jewish culture has had in the arts, especially in Los Angeles and New York. Writers often [[YouHaveToHaveJews include a Jew]], even if they don't plan on doing anything with the character's faith, just to make sure that Judaism is represented somehow. Don't expect there to be any distinction made between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform branches of Judaism. Media depictions of a bris and bar mitzvahs are common when Jews are involved in the storyline, but it is incredibly uncommon for a girl's bat mitzvah to ever be depicted, let alone even mentioned. Good luck getting one past the [[InformedJudaism informed]] or [[AmbiguouslyJewish ambiguous]] markers, though, and don't expect to find any Israelis or [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi non-Ashkenazim]]. Overly stereotyped as having dark hair and paleness, despite there being plenty of blond/blonde haired and blue eyed Jews, red-headed Jews[[note]]In fact, in some parts of the world, red hair was historically seen as a Jewish trait -- famous real and fictional red-haired Jews include [[Literature/TheBible David, Esau, Judas, Mary Magdalene]], [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Shylock]], [[Literature/OliverTwist Fagin]], [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kyle and Sheila Broflovski]], [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel Art Garfunkel]], Creator/GeneWilder, and Creator/GeneWilder.Creator/DannyElfman.[[/note]], green eyed Jews, mixed-race Jews, African American Jews, Hispanic Jews, East African Jews and converts from all over the world. Most media Jews are just white people with Judaism added as a character trait.
28th Feb '16 3:54:17 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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'''Jews:''' Perhaps over-represented as a "minority", Jews pop up all over the place in literature, film, and television, especially in the USA. This is most likely due to the significant influence that Jewish culture has had in the arts, especially in Los Angeles and New York. Writers often [[YouHaveToHaveJews include a Jew]], even if they don't plan on doing anything with the character's faith, just to make sure that Judaism is represented somehow. Don't expect there to be any distinction made between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform branches of Judaism. Media depictions of a bris and bar mitzvahs are common when Jews are involved in the storyline, but it is incredibly uncommon for a girl's bat mitzvah to ever be depicted, let alone even mentioned. Good luck getting one past the [[InformedJudaism informed]] or [[AmbiguouslyJewish ambiguous]] markers, though, and don't expect to find any Israelis or [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi non-Ashkenazim]]. Overly stereotyped as having dark hair and paleness, despite there being plenty of blond/blonde haired and blue eyed Jews, red-headed Jews[[note]]In fact, in some parts of the world, red hair was historically seen as a Jewish trait -- famous real and fictional red-haired Jews include [[Literature/TheBible David, Esau, Judas, Mary Magdalene]], [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Shylock]], [[Literature/OliverTwist Fagin]], [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kyle and Sheila Broflovski]], and Creator/GeneWilder.[[/note]], green eyed Jews, mixed-race Jews, African American Jews, Hispanic Jews, East African Jews and converts from all over the world. Most media Jews are just white people with Judaism added as a character trait.

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'''Jews:''' Perhaps over-represented as a "minority", Jews pop up all over the place in literature, film, and television, especially in the USA. This is most likely due to the significant influence that Jewish culture has had in the arts, especially in Los Angeles and New York. Writers often [[YouHaveToHaveJews include a Jew]], even if they don't plan on doing anything with the character's faith, just to make sure that Judaism is represented somehow. Don't expect there to be any distinction made between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform branches of Judaism. Media depictions of a bris and bar mitzvahs are common when Jews are involved in the storyline, but it is incredibly uncommon for a girl's bat mitzvah to ever be depicted, let alone even mentioned. Good luck getting one past the [[InformedJudaism informed]] or [[AmbiguouslyJewish ambiguous]] markers, though, and don't expect to find any Israelis or [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi non-Ashkenazim]]. Overly stereotyped as having dark hair and paleness, despite there being plenty of blond/blonde haired and blue eyed Jews, red-headed Jews[[note]]In fact, in some parts of the world, red hair was historically seen as a Jewish trait -- famous real and fictional red-haired Jews include [[Literature/TheBible David, Esau, Judas, Mary Magdalene]], [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Shylock]], [[Literature/OliverTwist Fagin]], [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kyle and Sheila Broflovski]], [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel Art Garfunkel]], and Creator/GeneWilder.[[/note]], green eyed Jews, mixed-race Jews, African American Jews, Hispanic Jews, East African Jews and converts from all over the world. Most media Jews are just white people with Judaism added as a character trait.
28th Feb '16 3:47:46 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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'''Jews:''' Perhaps over-represented as a "minority", Jews pop up all over the place in literature, film, and television, especially in the USA. This is most likely due to the significant influence that Jewish culture has had in the arts, especially in Los Angeles and New York. Writers often [[YouHaveToHaveJews include a Jew]], even if they don't plan on doing anything with the character's faith, just to make sure that Judaism is represented somehow. Don't expect there to be any distinction made between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform branches of Judaism. Media depictions of a bris and bar mitzvahs are common when Jews are involved in the storyline, but it is incredibly uncommon for a girl's bat mitzvah to ever be depicted, let alone even mentioned. Good luck getting one past the [[InformedJudaism informed]] or [[AmbiguouslyJewish ambiguous]] markers, though, and don't expect to find any Israelis or [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi non-Ashkenazim]]. Overly stereotyped as having dark hair and paleness, despite there being plenty of blond/blonde haired and blue eyed Jews, red-headed Jews[[note]]In fact, in some parts of the world, red hair was historically seen as a Jewish trait -- famous red-haired Jews in popular culture include [[Literature/TheBible David, Esau, Judas, Mary Magdalene]], [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Shylock]], [[Literature/OliverTwist Fagin]], and [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kyle and Sheila Broflovski]].[[/note]], green eyed Jews, mixed-race Jews, African American Jews, Hispanic Jews, East African Jews and converts from all over the world. Most media Jews are just white people with Judaism added as a character trait.

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'''Jews:''' Perhaps over-represented as a "minority", Jews pop up all over the place in literature, film, and television, especially in the USA. This is most likely due to the significant influence that Jewish culture has had in the arts, especially in Los Angeles and New York. Writers often [[YouHaveToHaveJews include a Jew]], even if they don't plan on doing anything with the character's faith, just to make sure that Judaism is represented somehow. Don't expect there to be any distinction made between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform branches of Judaism. Media depictions of a bris and bar mitzvahs are common when Jews are involved in the storyline, but it is incredibly uncommon for a girl's bat mitzvah to ever be depicted, let alone even mentioned. Good luck getting one past the [[InformedJudaism informed]] or [[AmbiguouslyJewish ambiguous]] markers, though, and don't expect to find any Israelis or [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi non-Ashkenazim]]. Overly stereotyped as having dark hair and paleness, despite there being plenty of blond/blonde haired and blue eyed Jews, red-headed Jews[[note]]In fact, in some parts of the world, red hair was historically seen as a Jewish trait -- famous real and fictional red-haired Jews in popular culture include [[Literature/TheBible David, Esau, Judas, Mary Magdalene]], [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Shylock]], [[Literature/OliverTwist Fagin]], and [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kyle and Sheila Broflovski]].Broflovski]], and Creator/GeneWilder.[[/note]], green eyed Jews, mixed-race Jews, African American Jews, Hispanic Jews, East African Jews and converts from all over the world. Most media Jews are just white people with Judaism added as a character trait.
28th Feb '16 3:45:13 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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'''Jews:''' Perhaps over-represented as a "minority", Jews pop up all over the place in literature, film, and television, especially in the USA. This is most likely due to the significant influence that Jewish culture has had in the arts, especially in Los Angeles and New York. Writers often [[YouHaveToHaveJews include a Jew]], even if they don't plan on doing anything with the character's faith, just to make sure that Judaism is represented somehow. Don't expect there to be any distinction made between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform branches of Judaism. Media depictions of a bris and bar mitzvahs are common when Jews are involved in the storyline, but it is incredibly uncommon for a girl's bat mitzvah to ever be depicted, let alone even mentioned. Good luck getting one past the [[InformedJudaism informed]] or [[AmbiguouslyJewish ambiguous]] markers, though, and don't expect to find any Israelis or [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi non-Ashkenazim]]. Overly stereotyped as having dark hair and paleness, despite there being plenty of blond/blonde haired and blue eyed Jews, red-headed Jews, green eyed Jews, mixed-race Jews, African American Jews, Hispanic Jews, East African Jews and converts from all over the world. Most media Jews are just white people with Judaism added as a character trait.

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'''Jews:''' Perhaps over-represented as a "minority", Jews pop up all over the place in literature, film, and television, especially in the USA. This is most likely due to the significant influence that Jewish culture has had in the arts, especially in Los Angeles and New York. Writers often [[YouHaveToHaveJews include a Jew]], even if they don't plan on doing anything with the character's faith, just to make sure that Judaism is represented somehow. Don't expect there to be any distinction made between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform branches of Judaism. Media depictions of a bris and bar mitzvahs are common when Jews are involved in the storyline, but it is incredibly uncommon for a girl's bat mitzvah to ever be depicted, let alone even mentioned. Good luck getting one past the [[InformedJudaism informed]] or [[AmbiguouslyJewish ambiguous]] markers, though, and don't expect to find any Israelis or [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi non-Ashkenazim]]. Overly stereotyped as having dark hair and paleness, despite there being plenty of blond/blonde haired and blue eyed Jews, red-headed Jews, Jews[[note]]In fact, in some parts of the world, red hair was historically seen as a Jewish trait -- famous red-haired Jews in popular culture include [[Literature/TheBible David, Esau, Judas, Mary Magdalene]], [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Shylock]], [[Literature/OliverTwist Fagin]], and [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kyle and Sheila Broflovski]].[[/note]], green eyed Jews, mixed-race Jews, African American Jews, Hispanic Jews, East African Jews and converts from all over the world. Most media Jews are just white people with Judaism added as a character trait.
19th Dec '15 7:47:49 PM nombretomado
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'''Hispanics/Latinos:''' Less likely to be a TokenMinority than blacks, much less be shown in a good number of TV shows. Many Latinos are either clownish buffoons or thick-mustached, greasy-faced villains, and are rarely ever portrayed seriously. A partial exception to this is the charismatic LatinLover, but even that depiction still presents the Hispanic as a slightly menacing presence because of his overt sexuality associated with his ethnicity. Latinas are almost always [[SpicyLatina irresistibly sexy firecrackers]] who have ample chests, skintight clothing, and are irredeemably gossipy and short-tempered--unless they are over 40, in which case they immediately transform into rotund, tempermental mother-figures. In many shows and films (most notably ''TheShield''), Latino gangs are generally portrayed as more violent and brutal than black gangs. There's some uncertainty in media over whether Hispanics are a "race" rather than a linguistic/cultural group, likely because they come from a whole spectrum of centuries of mixing black, white, and native but not many people outside Latin America know this. Not very many people are aware of race relations in the Hispanic world, where those with predominately Spanish or Portugese background are considered at the top of the chain, followed by Creoles, black and full-blooded Native. One episode of ''LawAndOrder'' even featured a Hispanic white supremacist, fiercely proud of his "pure Spanish blood" ([[note]] The very concept of "pure Spanish blood" makes no sense and will be derided by any (even slightly) educated Spaniard: the "Spanish race" comes from the fusion of (non-Indo-European) native Iberians and (Indo-European) Celts, with ''slight'' doses of Germanic and Moor blood added to the mix; and that's several centuries before the discovery of America.[[/note]]), much to the disgust of the Hispanic detective interviewing him, showing a dramatized version of TruthInTelevision. Films/series centering around Hispanic families seem to have made progress in recent years. For example, ''SpyKids'', ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', ''UglyBetty'' and ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''.

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'''Hispanics/Latinos:''' Less likely to be a TokenMinority than blacks, much less be shown in a good number of TV shows. Many Latinos are either clownish buffoons or thick-mustached, greasy-faced villains, and are rarely ever portrayed seriously. A partial exception to this is the charismatic LatinLover, but even that depiction still presents the Hispanic as a slightly menacing presence because of his overt sexuality associated with his ethnicity. Latinas are almost always [[SpicyLatina irresistibly sexy firecrackers]] who have ample chests, skintight clothing, and are irredeemably gossipy and short-tempered--unless they are over 40, in which case they immediately transform into rotund, tempermental mother-figures. In many shows and films (most notably ''TheShield''), ''Series/TheShield''), Latino gangs are generally portrayed as more violent and brutal than black gangs. There's some uncertainty in media over whether Hispanics are a "race" rather than a linguistic/cultural group, likely because they come from a whole spectrum of centuries of mixing black, white, and native but not many people outside Latin America know this. Not very many people are aware of race relations in the Hispanic world, where those with predominately Spanish or Portugese background are considered at the top of the chain, followed by Creoles, black and full-blooded Native. One episode of ''LawAndOrder'' even featured a Hispanic white supremacist, fiercely proud of his "pure Spanish blood" ([[note]] The very concept of "pure Spanish blood" makes no sense and will be derided by any (even slightly) educated Spaniard: the "Spanish race" comes from the fusion of (non-Indo-European) native Iberians and (Indo-European) Celts, with ''slight'' doses of Germanic and Moor blood added to the mix; and that's several centuries before the discovery of America.[[/note]]), much to the disgust of the Hispanic detective interviewing him, showing a dramatized version of TruthInTelevision. Films/series centering around Hispanic families seem to have made progress in recent years. For example, ''SpyKids'', ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', ''UglyBetty'' and ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''.
15th Mar '15 5:28:17 PM nombretomado
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'''Blacks:''' People of sub-Saharan African descent, regardless of actual skintone, with African-American specific stereotypes prevailing. Frequently the TokenMinority in an otherwise all-white cast, black people have achieved the greatest increase in positive TV depictions. The MagicalNegro is the most common one, but some producers still can't resist slipping in a wisecracking UncleTomfoolery for comic relief, though such stereotypical roles often come with a YouKnowImBlackRight line or StereotypeReactionGag from the creators as a sort of "we're not racists but we're still going to make a race gag anyway." The ScaryBlackMan crops up in police procedural shows, but is always found to be innocent, avoiding the stigma of the ScaryMinoritySuspect. There's an increased chance of appearing in a role on a TV show as a judge or a police officer.They are most likely to become a CaptainEthnic or ProudWarriorRaceGuy. Growing more frequent in television is the BlackBossLady, who simultaneously provides a positive black character as well as a positive female character in a TwoferTokenMinority. There is also BlackAndNerdy, a character who is pretty much completely stripped of any typical black stereotypes and is most likely academically inclined (but may still speak with an inner city accent and use double negatives). The subject of portraying black male characters and crime is problematic. One side of the issue argues that current depictions play into [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_black_man_stereotype stereotypes of violent black men]]. The other side of the issue says that [[FreshPrinceOfBelAir modern depictions]] ignore important issues in black communities and paint an [[TheCosbyShow unrealistically positive]] picture. So whatever, sticking to stereotypes you can't win either way.

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'''Blacks:''' People of sub-Saharan African descent, regardless of actual skintone, with African-American specific stereotypes prevailing. Frequently the TokenMinority in an otherwise all-white cast, black people have achieved the greatest increase in positive TV depictions. The MagicalNegro is the most common one, but some producers still can't resist slipping in a wisecracking UncleTomfoolery for comic relief, though such stereotypical roles often come with a YouKnowImBlackRight line or StereotypeReactionGag from the creators as a sort of "we're not racists but we're still going to make a race gag anyway." The ScaryBlackMan crops up in police procedural shows, but is always found to be innocent, avoiding the stigma of the ScaryMinoritySuspect. There's an increased chance of appearing in a role on a TV show as a judge or a police officer.They are most likely to become a CaptainEthnic or ProudWarriorRaceGuy. Growing more frequent in television is the BlackBossLady, who simultaneously provides a positive black character as well as a positive female character in a TwoferTokenMinority. There is also BlackAndNerdy, a character who is pretty much completely stripped of any typical black stereotypes and is most likely academically inclined (but may still speak with an inner city accent and use double negatives). The subject of portraying black male characters and crime is problematic. One side of the issue argues that current depictions play into [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_black_man_stereotype stereotypes of violent black men]]. The other side of the issue says that [[FreshPrinceOfBelAir [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir modern depictions]] ignore important issues in black communities and paint an [[TheCosbyShow unrealistically positive]] picture. So whatever, sticking to stereotypes you can't win either way.
21st Feb '15 3:33:24 AM jormis29
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* Note that the likes of ''HolbyCity'' and ''{{Emmerdale}}'' is one of the many positive portrayals of South Asians,

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* Note that the likes of ''HolbyCity'' ''Series/HolbyCity'' and ''{{Emmerdale}}'' ''{{Series/Emmerdale}}'' is one of the many positive portrayals of South Asians,
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