In Marlon Riggs’ 1992 documentary film titled Color Adjustment, Riggs, the Emmy winning producer of Ethnic Notions, continues his studies of prejudice in television. The documentary film looks at the years between 1948 and 1988 to analyze how over a 40 year period, race relations are viewed through the lens of prime time entertainment. The film examined many of television’s stereotypes and mythes and how they changed over the years.
Hairspray is a musical which stars a good natured overweight teenage who helps integrate the races in a popular teen dance show, the Corny Collins Show, in segregated Baltimore. It focusses on racism and segregation in the 60’s, but has the underlying theme of equality for everyone in spite of their race, class, sexual orientation, gender or outward appearance. Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teenager, finally gets a spot on the “Corny Collins Show”, a teen dance show she has always dreamt of being on. She is disturbed when she finds out the “Negroes” are allowed to dance on the show occasionally. She fights for integration despite being bullied and mocked. She catches the attention of the town’s resident heartthrob, Link, although she is not seen as “conventionally pretty”. Although Hairspray seems to support racial integration and feminism, there are aspects of the movie that prove racist and anti-feminist. I will prove this by highlighting some post-colonial concepts in the movie and using feminist concepts.
Written by the great Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon is where the song of African- Americans is sung with the most genuine and sincere voice in utmost entirety. In this essay, the masterpiece will be examined with gender studies approach and cultural studies approach, the function of Pilate and Ruth would be examined in depth, the suggestion that the protagonist should be more loving and caring for others would be fully explained, and the value of this book will be carefully examined.
Metaphors are an influential piece to the literary world due to, “the process of using symbols to know reality occurs”, stated by rhetoric Sonja Foss in Metaphoric Criticism. The significance of this, implies metaphors are “central to thought and to our knowledge and expectation of reality” (Foss 188). Although others may see metaphors as a difficult expression. Metaphors provide the ability to view a specific content and relate to connect with involvement, a physical connection to view the context with clarity. As so used in Alice Walker’s literary piece, In Search Of Our Mothers’ Gardens. In Walker’s writing, her metaphoric message is expressed as a journey to understand elders cruel unjust past life, searching for a connection for her own
In this new integrated society, colorism has the greatest impact on the African American culture and community. People of color are discriminating against each other due to the fact of their skin complexion. Colorism is a major problem in society and the black community. This vicious system privileges light skinned people of color over dark skinned people in such areas as beauty standards in mass media, self-esteem in social media and education. Passed through generation after generation, it has been taught that light skinned has been the right skin since the 1600’s pre-slavery. After all, colorism has its roots in slavery.
There are a lot of different theories about the girl in the red coat considering she is the only color featured in the film. To me, I think she represents the innocence of children throughout the holocaust. There is definitely a significance of the color red, because red conveys a lot of different emotions, like love and hate. Many of the adults in the movie become numb to their emotions because they know that there is a very slim chance that they will make it out of the holocaust alive. I think that the girl being in color represents the children’s hope that everything will turn out all right. The fact that she is in color seems to show that she still has an imagination,that not everything in her life is black and white, but there is a little
In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, the long-lasting effects of slavery have taken a toll on Janie Crawford. Janie’s grandmother was raped by her master and had a child named Leafy. Leafy, although not born into slavery, endured a similar fate, which led her to run away, leaving her mother to raise her child, Janie. Janie’s appearance, showing strong European features, was both praised and shamed by society. This double standard was created by racism and was able to remain present due to segregation. The minds of black people have been brainwashed into thinking that people with more European features are more beautiful. Janie’s appearance models power, reflects society’s hypocrisy, and shows the distinction between the inner
Minorities in sitcoms were less portrayed in contrast to an accurate representation of the time period. Ironically, minorities in sitcoms were not always represented by minority actors and actresses. Sometimes makeup was used on a white actor so he could portray an African man. It was not until the 1950’s when African Americans were shown on television. African Americans were often portrayed as crooked people with poor English and less education. In the sixties, segregation and racism dominated in most social settings. In the seventies, most minorities were trying to deter from old beliefs of prejudicial ideas. In modern times, minorities have equal rights and respect to their white counterparts. Four sitcoms, Amos ’n’ Andy, Julia, Sanford and Son, and The Cosby Show depict how the role of minorities changed throughout different time periods.
Back in 1965 African Americans who wanted the right to vote in Montgomery experienced it like a war. The movie Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, a film about African Americans that were longing to vote in Montgomery, Alabama. They want to be involved with the government and change policies to stop all racism in the community. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers decided to protest peacefully by marching from Selma towards Montgomery to demand a change in the law. He convinced Lyndon B. Johnson the president in 1965, to sign the Voting Rights Act. Dr. King and his followers are the reason why African Americans can now vote in the United States of America. During the movie, I noticed a few white citizens believed that African Americans are innocent people and they deserve the right to vote. Therefore, I realized how much Martin Luther King
The 1970’s was a time for radical change. Within the radical change was feminism, sex and sexuality, and drugs. Although this may not have been part of everyone’s lives, it was there, and it was prevalent. However, in 1970’s television none of this was talked about. Even though the 1970’s was a turning point in censorship in American television, the ideas and values were still moderately the same as the previous decades. But in the 1990’s, a television show, That 70’s Show, debuted and addressed the real issues in the 1970’s. Although the premise of That 70’s Show is mostly accurate to the 1970’s, there are still aspects and values of the 1970’s that would not be addressed if the show had debuted in the 1970’s rather than the 1990’s.
The Uncle Tom archetype was very prominent in television shows in the Jim Crow Era. Since then the stereotype has transformed into the Token Black Friend. This stereotype is most commonly seen in predominately white television shows. In Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Corey Gamble represents the token Black person; in the show, he is currently dating executive producer and matriarch to the family, Kris Jenner. In many episodes, he exhibits traits of the Uncle Tom archetype, he is "submissive, stoic, generous, and selfless" (Bogle 6) because he puts Kris's needs before his, and is always willing and ready to help. In Season 13, episode 3 after being told his help was not needed, Corey is persistent in trying to help Kris with security issues
During the 1950s to 1960s the rise of Civil Rights for black Americans started to become a very widely covered social issue in the media. There were many minority groups in the US that were experiencing social restrictions such as black Americans who had the biggest and most segregated group of them all. The movie “The Help” shows a great depiction of the restrictions to black people in the 1960s. The movie shows an overall picture but really focuses on the social situations of black woman who worked as maids for white families. There are many examples shown throughout the film about how their social situation created many limitation of opportunities for them. Two of the biggest and most notable limitations shown in the movie would be the social
Get Out (2017) is a horror film directed and written by Jordan Peele. The film is about a black male named Chris, performed by Daniel Kaluuya, who is going out of town with his girlfriend Rose, performed by Allison Williams. The purpose of this trip is to meet her parents for the first time at their estate located deep into the woods. Little does Chris know Rose’s parents do not really care to meet him but are more interested in auctioning off his body. Chris figures this out towards the end of the film and he barley figures out a way to escape. The emotions of the characters expressed throughout the film physically show the suffering many people of color have experienced.
In the Ted Talk Why gender equality is good for everyone- including men, The speaker Michael Kimmel talked about how he wants to recruit men to support gender equality. He acknowledged his experience being a white, straight, middle-class male and how his privilege has been invisible to him his whole life. He goes on to say how when talks to men about gender equality, for some the light bulb goes off but, then they feel the need to take it upon themselves to makes changes and to talk to women about their oppression. He talks about another group of men that work to actively resist gender equality and sees it as a bad thing for men. He also talks about men and their sense of entitlement, he goes as far as to give an example of when he was on a TV show to opposite of four white men, and the title of the show was "A Black Women Stole My Job". The men on the show told their stories of how they were qualified for jobs but were passed up and were angry because of it. These four men believed they were the victims of reverse discrimination in the workplace, when it was his turn to speak he had one question; why wasn 't the title of the show "A Black Women Got A Job?". He explained that without confronting men 's sense entitlement we will never be able to understand why so many men are so resistant to gender equality.