We have come together to have a conversation about racism and the media industry. As scholars, we are concerned about systemic biases in Hollywood and how they influence people's ideas and behaviors in the real world, in ways that people may be unaware of.
son and Gutiérrez 1985, for racism and the media)
There is a need for more accountability about race within and by the mainstream media. The independent media can do a better job, too, in diversifying their own ranks. Let's hope this week's conference will encourage self-reflection and self-auditing (and disclosure) of media practices vis-à-vis racism. The media are rarely as socially responsible as they might be. We need to guard against this Conference becoming a knee-jerk, politically correct exercise of confessional exorcism driven by guilt or intimidation. We need to be painfully honest too. Slogans won't satisfy the need for explanation or interpretation.
Racism and the Media: A Textual Analysis
provides a strong argument for the need to focus not on “frameworks of reform and fitting in” but instead on “how to tell a sustained story of practicing resistance.” Through her own experience she shows that public education can both silence students and teach them to resist. She outlines the ways in which young people are influenced by racism and the media, highlighting the role that schools can play to help challenge oppressive messages and make democracy a reality.
Racism and the Media: How the Media Tipped the Scales - YouTube
For most of the past decade, the burgeoning literature on race, racism, and the media has focused on the "Other," that is, on representations of Blacks, Latinas/os, Asian Americans, and Native Americans in journalism and in commercial culture generally. This capstone seminar offers advanced experience in an increasingly important but still inadequately investigated area of racism and the media, study of the unmarked category of race, in representations and understandings of Whites and Whiteness. This reorientation makes visible what has long been invisible, namely that White identity is also "raced" in its representationand has a history and politics. We trace the development of the category of Whiteness in the European colonial project and study its function in the racism of the Southern United States as well as in Northern cities, where different immigrant groups negotiated an uneasy relation with dominant White culture. Then we look at the survival of White discourses in neo- and post-colonial environments, where they flourish, generally invisibly, long after the original colonial projects that spawned them have been overthrown or exhausted. We look at the survival of these discourses in films, clothing styles, and the audiences and texts of television. And we consider alternative forms of representation that challenge the privileged vantage point of what Stuart Hall has called the "whites of their eyes." Prerequisites: Ideally, students in the course will have taken at least one course in media studies and another in either Comparative North American Studies or African American Studies or a course in International Studies that focuses on race. Other students will be admitted with permission of one of the instructors. Junior or senior standing is required. Non-majors welcome. Signature required, preferably by the end of registration for Spring 2001.