Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2015

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author's Department/Program

Art (Sculpture)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)


American society, regardless of what history has been told, has never been a society that is truly free of social prejudices especially for its black community. The many depictions of black people in America has caused a number of psychological and physical difficulties for black communities. In this paper, the main topic is the ways in which black culture is portrayed in American society and how that representation has affected the black community and the black experience. Although there are common experiences shared between people in the black community, the black experience is highly individualized; there is no singular definition of the black experience, each one is different. Many components of the black experience are heavily influenced by most, if not all, America’s social institutions which could affect the individual either positively or negatively. These means of controlling the narrative of the black experience in America has inhibited societal growth and understanding of its minority citizens. The main institutions that impact the black community will be discussed in this paper; those institutions are social, educational, and judicial.


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