Even perception for any individual. In fact, I

Even getting shot in the ass, which is seemingly every black man’s fear in regards to places being shot in. Just a really silly character in general. This is essentially how they are saying every cop is depicted in films play as an enforcement officer. As we know, movies and other films can create an image and perception for any individual. In fact, I think that the way we are often perceived is heavily influenced by what we see in movies and films. There are also many so many different other reactions to blacks who are officers. African Americans often look at other blacks who are law enforcers to be traitors to their culture, or slaves to the white men in the system. They are often heavily criticized because they are said to be trying to impress their white co-workers. This is explained in an article written by the Press of Atlantic City titled, Black police officers talk about being seen as traitors by community. Captain Danny Adcock, one of nineteen black officers on a forty-eight member force, and part of only 12% of black officers nationwide (477,00) has his loyalty and respect for his own race challenged daily by members of his community, which is followed by an ever present expectation for him to turn ignore crimes committed in the town, “There was an expectation from people in Pleasantville’s black community for me to turn a blind eye to illegal activity. They thought if I would just walk on by everything would be fine … and all of this for the sake of being black. There were the things that people said about me. I was talked about. They said the white man got me. All because I became a police officer. I had a man go to my family and say the white man got me after I locked him up with a couple ounces of cocaine”, Adcock said. (Donna Weaver, 2017) There is an ever present sense of mistrust and hatred towards individuals such as Danny who are upholding the laws which are in place for all citizens, yet they are expected to be corrupt, to not do their jobs properly, perpetuating the terrible stereotype of black individuals being self-interested, violent criminals. This has continued throughout his career, with members viewing him as an enemy, going so far as to pile garbage on his patrol car in his own driveway.   Another account by Sgt Jorge “Jinho” Ferreira states, “I feel like you have to prove yourself on every level. You have to prove yourself to the black community, you have to prove yourself to all of your co-workers, you have to prove yourself to society.” With tensions sourring after two grand juries’ recent decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men, some black officers have begun to feel that the laws they’re sworn to uphold are stacked against their communities. (Stlouis.cbslocal.com, 2017)These negative feelings and shady stereotypes are found in cinema as well, take for example the movie, “Training Day” released in 2001, starring African American actor, Denzel Washington, who won an Academy award for playing the role of a rookie narcotics officer. Despite this being a wonderful achievement,  the roll was that of a corrupt loose cannon  cop who breaks the laws in order to get their suspects.Many people watching these films think little about the implications revolving around the role being a black officer. To others aware of the persistent stereotypes and negative depictions  however, this is an all too common ordeal. It becomes obvious to a lot of people that Hollywood attempts to reflect reality with their productions. We are living in an era where racial lines are becoming more apparent and expressed in cinema. The true question however: What responsibility do movie researchers have to accurately portray society without attaching negative stereotypes and misinformation, given that they’re profiting financially from a host inaccurate and insulting portrayals. Researchers Franklin Wilson, Ph.D. and Howard Henderson, Ph.D also reported that African-American city police officers have rarely held leading character roles in cinema across  the first 40 years of the cop film genre. They wrote, “The recent box office success of the comedy “Ride Along,” starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, and the 2013 cancellation of the television drama “Ironsides,” starring Blair Underwood, represent the most recent example of an established trend.”. Not only this, but these lowly roles of black officers perpetuates the idea that they are generally incompetent with holding positions of authority in society as the researchers continued, “Given the racially-charged nature of this past year, with instances like the Paula Deen case, the Trayvon Martin verdict, the recent ‘Loud Music Case’ of Michael Dunn, among others along with the profit-driven nature of entertainment media, I fear the pattern we have discovered may not be a matter of negligence on the part of Hollywood. Instead, it may be a reflection that many United States citizens are not ready to accept an African-American in a serious authoritative role.”(Wilson and Henderson, 2014) It is incredibly unfortunate that members of the black community are portrayed in this light even in recent advancements of culture and the desire for inclusion and diversity in a host of industries and fields within American entertainment and law enforcement agencies, it is great to see that researchers are attempting to collect data exemplifying the need for change in these fields, and I will continue to advocate for a better understanding and a more comprehensive understanding of the black community in cinema and the ways we can better it for all involved.