Additionally, strategies for intervention and the implications of this exploration into racial stereotypes will be presented.
The racial stereotypes of early American history had a significant role in shaping attitudes toward African-Americans during that time.
The "foppish" black caricature, Jim Crow, became the image of the black man in the mind of the white western world (Engle, 1978).
This image was even more powerful in the north and west because many people never had come into contact with African-American individuals.
Stereotypes are "cognitive structures that contain the perceiver's knowledge, beliefs, and expectations about human groups" (Peffley et al., 1997, p. These cognitive constructs are often created out of a kernel of truth and then distorted beyond reality (Hoffmann, 1986).
Racial stereotypes are constructed beliefs that all members of the same race share given characteristics.
by Laura Green Virginia Commonwealth University As human beings, we naturally evaluate everything we come in contact with.
We especially try to gain insight and direction from our evaluations of other people.
Bishop Wipple's Southern Diary, 1834-1844, is evidence of this justification of slavery, "They seem a happy race of beings and if you did not know it you would never imagine that they were slaves" (Boskin, 1989, p. However, it was not only slave owners who adopted the Sambo stereotype (Boskin, 1989).
Although Sambo was born out of a defense for slavery, it extended far beyond these bounds.