Evolution Of Racist Portrayals Of Film And Television

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November 27, 2014 Evolution of Racist Portrayals in Film and Television.
The most common, if not one of the most common methods the morals and perceptions of American society are shaped is through our own storytellers in Hollywood. Filmmakers, writers, and producers for both cinema and television make it their career to create works that tell a compelling story. On occasion, American Society will be reflected in these works, which raises the question: do the works influence society, or vice-versa? This can be problematic when the focus of these works solely to “sell” them. As history reveals, certain groups of people, especially African Americans, have been portrayed with certain biases and stereotypes, which has been seen by the masses, and has shaped not only our society, but have caused us to develop our own racist perceptions. Racist portrayals have changed from the time of the Civil Rights movement, but they have not disappeared, having taken on new forms and effects.
Back during the time period following the 1960’s Civil Rights movement, television and film studios alike began trying to attract new audiences by “refusing to promote racial stereotypes” as was common in the past. For example, one such program, Julia, was centered around an African American Widow, her son, and their everyday lives in an integrated apartment building, with the titular character being portrayed as an intelligent, professional woman who “Deserved the Respect of her White…
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