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Systemic Racism

Mass Culture

 On this page you will find a sampling of resources related to Systemic Racism and Mass Culture, broken down into the following sections:

Issues in Mass Culture: Black Erasure, Blackfishing, Cinema, Consumer Culture, Cultural Appropriation, Cultural Politics, Culture Wars, Digital Black Face, Digital Racism, Diversity, Eurocentric Beauty Standards, Film and Video, Intersectional Representation, Mass Media, Media Narratives, Media Psychology, Media Studies, Minorities in Motion Pictures, Misrepresentation, Online Environments, Popular Culture, Queer Erasure, Racial Tropes, Representation, Serialized Dramas, Social Media, Stereotypes, Television, Tokenism, Type Casting, Viral Black Death, Visual Culture, White Gaze, White Savior Films

Keywords for Social Justice/Anti-Oppression Searches:   Anti-Black, Association Between, Bias, Discrimination, Disparity, Disproportionate, Effect, Gap, High Rate, Impact, Inequity, Inequality, Institutionalized Racism, Oppression, Racial Inequity Racist, Racism, Unconscious Bias, Violence, White Supremacy 

Video Clips

Source: MoveOn. (2018, May 30). How pop culture shapes reality - and stereotypes. YouTube.

Source: Vice Asia. (2020, January 21). What’s the Difference Between Appropriation and Appreciation? YouTube.

Source: Al Jazeera English. (2020, July 26). Mammy, Jezebel and Sapphire: Stereotyping Black women in media. YouTube.

Source: New York Times. (2017, November 28). The White Internet’s Love Affair with Digital Blackface. YouTube.

Source: AJ+ (2018, March 4). The Negative Effects Of The 'Strong Black Woman' Stereotype. YouTube.

Source: Now This Entertainment. (2019, December 24). How Asian Representation in Movies & TV Changed This Decade. YouTube.

Source: AJ+ (2017, November 10). What Happened To The Golden Age Of Black Sitcoms? YouTube.


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