Masters Thesis

Does the portrayal of African Americans in film have a direct impact on the way they are viewed by the General Public?

This study addressed the false film images that are perceived as true by the general public by examining a potential correlation between the film industry’s portrayal of African Americans and the conflict they experience in society as a direct result of this portrayal. The analysis also considered the intervening variables of gender, race, education, age, and the number of movies viewed with African American characters in them. The findings revealed that the majority of people actually believe portrayals in film of people of color to be true unequivocally, and this belief directly correlates with societal conflict. Film is a powerful tool that has been used as a weapon of manipulation to distort the perception of people of color. If the issue of film manipulation can be addresses and reversed, it can ultimately aid in restoring a measure of humanity back to its rightful place.