Advertising and people of color
The article was really interesting and it was good to find out more about the history of ‚Äúcolored people‚Ä? in advertisements.
I think it was pretty shocking how people from different ethnic groups were portrayed back in the days and I can totally understand that it is intimidating. The influence media has on the way people think about others is something that most people are not really aware of. Unfortunately the people who produce the advertisements are though and that is exactly the point that makes it so dangerous. But I think it is easy to overreact, too.
Even though I don‚Äôt really know what advertisements look like nowadays but I‚Äôm pretty sure that the same ethnic groups are still playing a big part in it, even though they might represent different stereotypes and deal with different topics. Or it might not be that obvious anymore because the producers found a different way to show different ethnic groups with ‚Äútypical‚Ä? stereotypical behavior.
The question that stays is, can we do something about it? How big is the influence of the advertisements on our behavior and would it really change our thinking?