Synopses & Reviews
Passionately written and supported with detailed evidence, "From Mammy to Miss America and Beyond" discusses how stereotypes of Black women, generated by American society's most powerful institutions, have contributed to their continuing oppression. K. Sue Jewell examines how the media and government policy makers generated and promoted Mammy and Aunt Jemima images of African-American women. She also focuses on the resurgence of the "bad black girl image" in the 1970's, culminating in the controversy surrounding the first African-American Miss America, Vanessa Williams.
How do the mass media contribute to the social and economic advantages of the privileged and the subjection of African American women? Does America really care about providing equal opportunities for African American women? Passionately written and supported with detailed evidence this book shows the deeply rooted abiding cancer of oppresion in American society. It reveals the formal and informal ways in which African American women have been exluded from equal participation before and after the time of slavery. It will shock many who complacently believe that America is already a land on equality and it will give new heart to the many others who experience racism and sexism as daily facts of life.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 222-230) and indexes.