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The Stereotypes & Myths About Black Folk

Have you ever wondered why there are so many stereotypes being circulated about black people? Or better yet why do we believe them.

What is a stereotype?

Race-based stereotypes and myths pose a great threat to racial equality. That’s because racial stereotypes and myths can lead to prejudice and hatred, which, in turn, lead to discrimination against entire ethnic groups. The problem is that the individuals who make up racial groups are so unique that no generalization can capture who they are. In short, race-based stereotypes are dehumanizing. To deconstruct stereotypes, it’s important to know how they work, .

Racism won’t go away until the racial myths that fuel it do.

Created by award-winning filmmaker and creator of, Janks Morton, the bold graphics clearly and effectively display statistics sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau to combat widespread negativity by the media about Blacks and education.

Many of you have either seen or passed along one of these 10 Days of Black Truths info-graphics that aim to dis-spell un-sourced myths about Black men and women in the United States.

One directly attacks the long standing claim that the high school drop out rate for Black males is at 55% — a false statistic that I’ve personally heard for years.

And while some of the information is hard to celebrate, such as the one above that shows “824,340 Black men in prison vs 1,444,979 Black men in college,” a lot can be accomplished if we are allowed to start relying more on facts and less on fallacies.

10 Days of Black Truths – Black Men Enrolled in College

“Never trust a statistic that ends in a ’5′ or ’0,’” says Morton. “Fives and zeros are the number of men and have very little to do with statistical sampling.”

10 Days of Black Truths – Black Men with a High School Diploma/GED

In June, Morton strategically unleashed the savvy graphics onto the world’s largest social network, Facebook, and they’ve been spreading all over the web.

“We can start to change the conversation about what it means to be Black in America right here, right now, today,” says Morton. “Through our respective social networks we can spread the message the media denies

10 Days of Black Truths – Black Male Dropout Rate

The campaign was launched in collaboration with Morton‘s new documentary, Hoodwinked: We Can No Longer Doubt Our Greatness — An expose of the misinformation, the myths and the false stereotypes around Black Identity. View more of the infographics and check out the trailer and a sneak peak of Hoodwinked below.

HOODWINKED Trailer (Official)

In 2007 Janks Morton’s independent documentary WHAT BLACK MEN THINK, took the nation by storm with one simple question…”Are there more Black Men in jail or college?” Because of the plethora of misinformation, stereotypes and misperceptions around Black male identity, most respondents answered “jail.”



Source: Janks Morton:What Do Black Men Think

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About Darlene Dancy

Darlene Dancy is the owner of Affordable and Historical Art. Darlene's goal is to educate, motivate and empower people of African descent to learn the rich history of African culture - past & present. Discover Black History written, researched and preserved by African American Scholars. Lectures, Documentaries & Auto Biographies on DVD's and Historical Black Print/Poster art

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