In the beginning of Unit 6, we watched a documentary titled Ethnic Notions, which addressed specially the idea of the “Mammy” in popular culture and media. The Mammy is a short, larger black woman who ran the household in place of the white wife. She is sweet to the white children she takes care of and is harsh to her own children. Essentially, she is the antithesis of the white wife; strong and independent, which were typically unfavorable traits to have in a woman. Not only that, the depiction of Mammy was supposed to demote African Americans and present to white audiences an image of savagery. As a result, these depictions served multiple purposes in the oppression of blacks and the building of a complex and subtle form of racism. The documentary serves to point out just that; through forms of art and media, we appear to consume the content at face value, but really we are taking in and understanding ideas that are much more layered and involved than simply what we see. This unfair sensationalization is parallel to the evolving nature of revolution; that although African Americans finally were freed from slavery, completely changing the way of life in America, there was (and is) still work to be done, because of these ingrained ideals and images that paint African Americans in a negative light. What more, African Americans are still oppressed, but the way that perpetrators inflict that racism is in a different mask than slavery.