People like to think that we have grown past stereotypes to describe people, well at least I like to think that so; however, I know that I haven’t. Growing up in Savannah, I was surrounded by the general statements that Richardson describes about the South in “Introduction” from From Uncle Tom to Gangsta. Richardson’s stereotype “of the black rapist that emerged during the South in the Wake of Emancipation” still holds a prevalent spot in today’s culture.
Most nights the local news starts off: “Breaking News, tonight on the corner of of 37th and Bull there was shooting around 5:00 pm this afternoon.” The response from most young people is “hahaha, the murderer is another black gang member!” They don’t even begin to think the suspect could be any other a female or a different race, mainly because the south still lives in a society where the stereotype that all young, black men are criminals is the norm. White locals give no thought to what they say they automatically assume on the premise that a few of the criminals were black.
If someone was passing this guy on the streets while in Hitch Village, they would cross to the other side or lock their car doors.
Brodhead, Andrew. “Welcome to the Hitch Village.” 2009./Flickr