7 Black Bloggers Talk Stereotypes That Are Plaguing The Black Community

Black Stereotypes
The Black community has faced it's (un)fair share of stereotypes, dating back to pre-slavery days. Due to the powerful effects of negative black stereotpyes, everyday relationships with people of different ethnic backgrounds can be strained before they ever start.Through my Quirky, Brown Chick series, I had the opportunity to talk with a few black bloggers about the stereotypes about the Black community they wish they could destroy:

Lhurve Davies: I wish I could destroy the stereotype that Blacks are inferior, especially Blacks in the so called third world countries.

All of them really, but, to pick just one would be the stereotype that black people don’t read comics or play video games. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m a testament to that. This stereotype gives comic and video game publishers the (poor) excuse to exclude blacks from being on creative teams or not creating black characters in their stories and media. They have the mindset of, “Well if they aren’t reading/playing it, why should we include them?” 

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Honestly, I'm done with the stereotypes because I feel like that is never going to go away. Honestly, everyone stereotypes everyone nowadays. The changes I am looking for is the fact that their are people out there who actually hate my skin color with a passion. They are so consumed by whats on the outside of me the fail to actually see me. Its scary to know that no matter what room I walk into their is possibly someone who hates my skin color with a passion and they have been raised to think that's okay.
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That Black women are difficult. This is a stereotype I’ve encountered a lot. It’s so irritating! To me it’s a matter of perspective. Black women are labelled difficult, but really all women are difficult. The prejudices and stereotypes perpetuated by our own community mean that a woman of another race will be affectionately called feisty or independent or confident or whatever but a black woman standing up for herself is immediately “difficult” or some other negative connotation. It’s ridiculous. On that same note, I genuinely believe that any person worth your time will be hard work regardless of race. 

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The fact that the media makes the people in Africa look poor, In as much as there are people in some african countries that need help, It will be really nice if they showed the amazing wealthy part of these african countries because videos like that brings questions like "Do you have internet in Nigeria" and also the fact that they see us as dangerous people especially if you have a hoodie on in some places.

That Black people, particularly African Amercians, don't learn or speak languages.  The common question I get when people find out that I speak Spanish is "Where are you from?" or "What are you?" I reply "Black American" but their questions make me think why do I have to be from somewhere else to speak another language?  Through my blog, I have connected with Black Americans from all over who learn and speak Spanish.

One really big one for me is "respectability politics". Non-POC love to tell us, that if we were "nicer, more polite, less angry" these "things" wouldn't happen to us. Police wouldn't racially profile us, if we listen to every little nuanced thing a police officer says, like a good little slave that they won't kill us. Respectability Politics is complete Bullshit. If they want to kill us they will, if they want to spend their entire bloody work day, following us around while we shop, they will because other people say as long as we are sweet, docile and subdued we won't be hurt. That's just not true. I am tired of having to be polite and quiet while injustice swirls around me. If I could destroy anything it would be the thought that Respectability politics will save us from racists and bigots who have nothing better to do with their time, then to destroy any and everything that we work hard for and hold most dear. 

What stereotype about the Black community do you wish you could destroy?

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