Hollywood is known for portraying and perpetuating stereotypes of different races and classes of people. It does not hold back on including Latin Americans in this visual stereotyping. Inf act Latin Americans may have some of the worst stereotyping in the history of visual media.
In television and movies, Latin Americans are almost always portrayed as gang members. When they are not being portrayed as gang members, then they are portrayed as drug traffickers. The ones that happen to miss this classification mostly fall into the category of the uneducated and overly sexed category which is even less charming. Just some examples of the types of stereotypical movies that have been produced in the past are “American Me”, “Colors”, “La Vida Loca”, “Gang Days in LA”, “187″and “Blood In, Blood Out”.
These types of stereotypes that are portrayed on television and movies allow for people to keep closed minds when considering accepting other cultures. Stereotypes in television and film has been something that has fueled racial conflict and animosity over the years. These types of media could be used in more constructive ways to bring all types of human beings together. Instead it is getting worse and causing greater rifts between the races.