Of course, these are entirely fictitious contributions but film and television help craft positive images of people through a form of "coerced reinforcement of positive values" that simply don't exist in the real world.
The Huxtable Effect puts this theory in perspective and articulates smoothly the origins of the positive light that Black people currently find themselves bathed in, in America:
Have you been following the discussion on the Huxtable Effect? The term refers to an idea circulating about The Cosby Show and its impact on how people voted in this year's presidential election. Many white Americans, it is believed, experienced their first realistic glimpse inside the lives of African Americans through the fictional Huxtable family. Some theorists say this appealing depiction of a middle-class black family on the '80s sitcom made possible the candidacy and election of Barack Obama as President of the United States.Continually watching the same happy family in a loving environment - albeit a simulated, fictional one fueled with funny scripts - conditions people to accept Pavlovian responses to any perceived Black failure in the real world.
But what about the Cosby's...?
Well, Stuff Black People Don't Like celebrated Black History Month by profiling those characters from film who've helped create positive images of Black people in vocations to few Black people have dared to enter successfully.
Now, three teachers in California who found the challenge of celebrating real Black History Month for 28 days a daunting puzzle for the lack of eligible pieces capable of creating an image worthy of honoring. In essence, so few Black figures of prominence or relative significance exist in history - just ask Bill and Ted - that pop culture figures are deemed worthy of celebration:
Three Los Angeles elementary school teachers accused of giving children portraits of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul to carry in a Black History Month parade have been removed from their classrooms, a school district spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Children from other classes at the school displayed photos of more appropriate black role models, such as Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman and President Obama, Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry said.
The incident occurred Friday at Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School in South Los Angeles, where the student body is more than 90 percent Latino.
District Superintendent Ramon Cortines placed the teachers - all white men who teach first, second and fourth grades - on administrative leave on Tuesday while an investigation is conducted, Pollard-Terry said.
"The superintendent will not let anyone make a mockery out of Black History Month," she said.