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Black Culture and Experience

Contemporary Issues


Edited By Venise T. Berry, Anita Fleming-Rife and Ayo Dayo

Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues offers a holistic look at Black culture in the twenty-first century. It is a collection of work that creates a synergy among authors and leads to a valuable resource on contemporary issues. Part One examines institutional, societal, and political issues like identity politics; the Rooney Rule; prosperity gospel; inequality in the criminal justice system; the American dream; the future of Black and Africana studies; and President Obama’s double consciousness. Part Two investigates social, cultural, and community issues such as the Affordable Care Act; Black women and obesity; Black men’s experience in marriage and relationships; sexual decision making; interracial relationships; and cultural racism. Part Three explores media, pop culture, and technology issues including the rise of urban fiction; hip hop and feminism; race in Super Bowl commercials; the construction of Black Diasporic identities; Whiteness in Black-oriented films; Black masculinity in Django Unchained; and the power of Black Twitter. This anthology contains work from leading scholars, authors, and other specialists who have been brought together to highlight key issues in black culture and experience today. The goal is to help readers understand where we are and where we still need to go, what is working and what we still need to work on, what is right and what is still wrong.
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Chapter Eighteen: Now You See Me: The Visibility of Whiteness in Black Context Films


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Now You See Me: The Visibility of Whiteness in Black Context Films


After decades of scholarly inquiry and critique, it has become indisputable among scholars, media critics, and audiences that the media display biased and limiting representations of racial and ethnic minorities. Research continues to reveal imbalanced representations of African Americans in news, primetime television, film, and popular culture altogether (Bogle, 2001; Dixon & Linz, 2000; Gray, 1989; Mastro & Greenberg, 2000; Watts & Orbe, 2002). Arguably, the media help to reproduce ideologies associated with racial constructs, and thus, such investigations are critical to unpacking social and political attitudes toward Blacks. For example, Oliver, Jackson, Moses, and Dangerfield’s (2004) research demonstrates that Whites are more likely to criminalize Afrocentric-looking individuals. Mastro, Lapinski, Kopacz, and Behm-Morawitz (2009) found that Black suspects are more likely to receive a guilty verdict and the longest sentencing time compared to White suspects. Furthermore, their research found that participants are more likely to report negative attitudes toward Blacks after exposure to newscasts featuring Blacks as criminals. In addition, Ramasubramanian (2010) suggests that poor perceptions of Blacks based on television stereotypes are negatively correlated with support for affirmative action policies.

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