Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

Madisonville Poet: 'Take Off the Blindfold' to Black Stereotypes

Gray DiannPoet Diann Gray at Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library Tuesday Feb. 25, explored racial stereotypes with her lecture "Take Off the Blindfold: Stereotyping of the Black Race". MADISONVILLE, Ky. (2/26/14) - Stereotypes haunt everyone — black, white, Jewish, Christian, man and woman.

America is considered a melting pot, but it has also been the center of centuries of racism.

Why is this so? 

Diann Gray, Madisonville poet and performance artist, explored the concept in her discussion Tuesday, "Take Off the Blindfold: Stereotyping of the Black Race".

"Stereotyping is a harmful, aggravated source of ignorance," said Gray. "It's a tool to hurt another ethnic race."

Gray posed many difficult questions concerning race, saying that many stereotype black men as "thugs", but she said that this is more about socioeconomics rather than race.

"To me, stereotyping is just racial propaganda to hurt the black race...there's good and bad in every race," said Gray.

"Character makes (people) who they are, it has nothing to do with the color of skin." – Diann Gray

Gray pointed out that there is also internalized racism within the black community dividing the culture. She said stereotypes from "good hair" and "bad hair" to even skin color often damages the perceptions of African-Americans toward their own backgrounds.

"Stereotyping does not hurt just one ethnic group, it hurts society as a whole," said Gray.

But what can America do to dismantle racist stereotypes?

It's easy, says Gray.

"The truth will counter the stereotype," said Gray.

For more information about this and other literary events hosted by the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library, visit HCPL online.

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16
button coupons

Stock Report

1 DOW 17,804.80
+26.65 (0.15%)    
2 S&P 2,070.65
+9.42 (0.46%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,765.38
0.00 (0.00%)    
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16
button classifieds

In Other News...

Fifth Annual Murray Half Marathon Set for Saturday, April 18, 2015

MURRAY, Ky. (12/21/14) — The Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare’s annual Murray Half Marathon will be held… Read More

Final 'Frozen' Performance Set for Tonight at LWC

CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (12/21/14) ― There are few parents or children who do not now know the enchanting story and music of… Read More
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

December 16, 2014 10824

Coal Miner Fatally Injured in Underground Mining…

in Top News For All Sites by Dick Brown
December 17, 2014 7733

Elderly Couple Found Shot to Death in Muhlenberg

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
December 17, 2014 6826

Three Men Charged with Burglary

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 15, 2014 5146

Hopkins County Woman Charged Second Time in Two…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 15, 2014 4596

Woman Leads Police on High-Speed Chase in Stolen…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police
December 19, 2014 4545

Armstrong Mine to Layoff 39 by End of Day

in Top News For All Sites by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
December 19, 2014 4523

Dawson Springs Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Detective Sean McCance
December 18, 2014 4191

Cat Scratching over Dog Ownership Escalates

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
December 19, 2014 4062

Woman Flown to St. Mary's after Two-Car Collision

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
December 16, 2014 4017

Highway Crews Pre-Treating Roadways for Potential…

in Hopkins News by Keith Todd

Stories Trending Today

December 19, 2014 3415

Vehicle Fire Causes Traffic Back-Up on Pennyrile

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis
December 20, 2014 1612

KET’s Kentucky Life Segment to Feature Old…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
December 19, 2014 1547

Greenville Mayor Honored during Final Council…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 20, 2014 1332

New Trial Sites Added for U of L's Brown Cancer…

in General News For All Sites by Health Sciences News
December 20, 2014 1260

Farmers' Markets, Vendors; Sign Up for Free…

in General News For All Sites by Ted Sloan
December 20, 2014 1203

'When the Universe Was Young' Opens Jan. 4 at…

in General News For All Sites by WKU News
December 20, 2014 1190

WKU Public Affairs Claims 17 Statewide Awards

in General News For All Sites by WKU News
December 20, 2014 1183

Law Enforcement Officers, Agencies Honored for…

in General News For All Sites by Erin Eggen
December 20, 2014 1160

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

in Hopkins News by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
December 20, 2014 1136

City of Madisonville Holiday Schedule

in Hopkins News by Leslie Curneal

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss