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By: Richard L. Allen

In: Children & Television: Images in a Changing Sociocultural World

Chapter 11: Conceptual Models of an African-American Belief System: A Program of Research

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Conceptual Models of an African-American Belief System: A Program of Research
Conceptual models of an African-American belief system: A program of research
RichardL.Allen
The Image of the African to Self and Society

The image presented to the African child, both in the United States and in Africa, provides a basis for what they will be as adults. In what Van Sertima called the “500 year-room” of history, where African people experienced slavery, colonialism, anticolonialism, the African independence explosion, and the rise and fall of civil rights movements in the United States, these images have both negative and positive content (Clarke, 1991). The majority of the imagery in the arts and the news media, however, is negative. African people are rarely portrayed as playing a heroic role, and often ...

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