Native Son

3. Wright portrays the media as contributing to the racial stereotyping of blacks. Find an example of this kind of racism in this section. What evidence is there that the media may also be stereotyping whites?

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Media and popular culture reinforces racial stereotypes in Native Son. There is a racial hierarchy that is imbedded in both blacks and whites alike. In the films Bigger sees, whites are depicted as attractive, glamorous, and "civilized" while he also notices that blacks are portrayed as savages and less attractive. Even Bigger's surroundings are filled with poor and marginalized black people. Blacks and whites reinforce this racial hierarchy. When Bigger meets the Daltons, for example, he internalizes the role of subjugated black servant.