Audience, Agency and Identity in Black Popular Culture by Shawan M. Worsley

By Shawan M. Worsley

Viewers, organisation and identification in Black pop culture analyses black cultural representations that acceptable anti-black stereotypes. utilizing examples from literature, media, and artwork, Worsley examines how those cultural items don't transform anti-black stereotypes into likely confident pictures. relatively, they current anti-black stereotypes of their unique varieties and inspire audiences to not forget about, yet to discover them. moving severe observation from a necessity to censor those questionable photographs, Worsley bargains a fancy attention of the worth of and issues of those replacement anti-racist recommendations in gentle of stereotypes’ endurance. This publication furthers our figuring out of the ancient conditions which are influencing modern representations of black topics which are purposefully derogatory and records the results of those photographs.

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8 These comments show that although the Mitchell Estate pointed to the seeming innocence of the text, many readers thought that Gone With the Wind saturates popular consciousness with racist imagery and has a devastating effect on the world’s memory of slavery and Reconstruction. This reader explained the book’s harmful consequences: “Although Gone With the Wind is a fiction, its portrayal of black and white, North and South, and men and women continue to impact contemporary American culture and media in ways that confl ict with the accomplishments and ideals of the Civil Rights movement.

However, the book is far from reactionary for Jubilee is the fulfillment of Walker’s promise to her grandmother to tell her great-grandmother’s story. Having heard tales of their lives time and again, Walker created what she describes as a folk novel and a historical novel. Her objectives were to construct a more accurate version of the historical period of slavery, the Civil War, segregation, and Reconstruction. 26 Audience, Agency and Identity in Black Popular Culture She claims that she wanted to tell the story that the segregated society in which she grew up did not want to hear.

Gone With the Wind’s depiction of slavery could do no harm, and the Estate should continue to profit from racist narratives of black people and slavery. Many critics of The Wind Done Gone agreed with the Mitchell Estate and argued that Randall’s book was unnecessary in light of advances for black people. They claimed that it stirred up racial problems that no longer existed. They also believed that the book offered little to the reader in terms of racial insight, and in fact created erroneous assumptions.

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