ERIC Number: ED153226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Men, Masteries and Mythologies: A Creation of Blackness and Black Folk as a Form of Cultural Deviance.
Bowers, Lanny R.
In order to explore the nature of the black experience in the United States, this paper discusses the racial myths found in the Bible, science, and sociology, as well as the consequences of these myths. Pro-slavery forces have used ambiguous passages from the Bible to try to demonstrate that slavery is sanctioned by religion. A scientific theory has held that blacks are basically inferior due to a difference in species. Sociological theory stated that slavery is beneficial to whites, blacks, and society as a whole. The following historical consequences of these three sources of racial myths are then discussed: the self-fulfilling prophecies created by labelling blacks as deviant, the origins of slavery in the United States, the courts and police as perpetuators of the "deviant" label, and the seemingly immortal stigma associated with being black. It is concluded that as long as cultural, physical, emotional, and situational differences can be perceived by people, these very characteristics will lead to the perpetuation of distinctions between the superior and the inferior. (CC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association in the South (6th, Jacksonville, Florida, October 6-8, 1977) ; Some pages may reproduce marginally