I’m Not Black I’m Golden

August 27th, 2012 | Categories: Race

Last Media Monday I spotlighted Eric Arriola of Hood Ratchedness. Today, he strikes again with Im Not Black Im GOLDEN (Moments of Honesty).

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  1. alexbon
    November 27th, 2012 at 15:32

    It’s both interesting and unfortunate to see that today’s society is so messed up that even children as young as the little girl in this video are following racial stereotypes. Just because someone has a different skin tone than you should not change the way they are viewed. I had a teacher who always used to say, “different isn’t bad, it’s just different”. This is the truth. Does black skin make someone a bad person automatically? Absolutely not, I know plenty of black people who are perfectly normal men and women in society. Does being white automatically make you the better person? I can assure you not. I like this man’s proposal to change the dialogue. Changing a way of thinking is almost impossible, but imposing a new way of thinking can actually make a difference. All people are just people. Why label them? Golden is the new black. It has a much better connotation. The “black people” of this nation have been stuck receiving the negative end of the stick for way too long. They don’t deserve to be associated with a word meaning evil. This definition is an unfortunate coincidence that has created an out of hand stereotype throughout history.

  2. acalifano1
    November 27th, 2012 at 21:31

    It is really sad and upsetting watching this video. It’s hard to believe that a child at such a young age already believes in negative stereotypes against race. It seemed evident that the mother was truly bothered by it but I don’t think a lack of exposure is the problem. Wouldn’t a lack of exposure make her think that everybody is the same if that’s what the child is being taught at home? Perhaps it isn’t society’s fault but maybe the problem is the exposure children are being taught at home. I think the video makes an interesting point about the word black. It is a symbol, it only has the meaning that we assigned to it. It would be wonderful if people could associate the word black with golden. Our country was founded on the principles that all men are created equal and it’s still such a same to see that racist viewpoints still penetrate even into the minds of the young. Being a different skin color isn’t a crime, it doesn’t make you a bad person. These generalizations and stereotypes are what prevent people from succeeding. I mean, look at that little girl at the end of the video, she thinks she is bad because she is black. To me, that is the saddest part of this entire video.

  3. Jacquelin91
    November 28th, 2012 at 23:05

    In the beginning of the video when the researcher is working with the young Caucasian girl, I noticed she was attributing all of the positive traits to the Caucasian cartoon and all the negative traits to the African American cartoon. I thought this was due to the fact that she is Caucasian herself and was just attributing the negative traits to the cartoon that was most unlike herself. People tend to fear what is different. It was when the little African American girl also attributed all the positive traits to the positive cartoon and the negative traits to the African American cartoon that I was truly surprised. It is unbelievable how influenced people’s opinions are by their surroundings. I think this stereotype that is being seen here is fed by the Cultivation Analysis Theory. This theory states that the media impacts the way one views the world. These stereotypes are promoted by different television shows and movies. When constantly watching these stereotypes on television, these views are subconsciously absorbed and begin to influence one perception on reality.

  4. Anastacia Kurylo
    December 5th, 2012 at 11:09

    Three is a really fancy term that explains the internalization of the dominant cultural norms- hegemony. When you hear it in school- cause you’d never hear that word anywhere else- now you know what it means.

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