Complementary to my discussion on the importance of looking at whiteness based on Richard Dyer’s text White: Essays on Race and Culture, I am now going to briefly analyse blackness in media and look at a few ways in which the “othering” of blackness is being tackled in the present day.
The position of black people in films and various media is still finding its way out of the confines of the image. The image being our conditioned perception of black people. We are not born with this perception. It is entirely learned from imagery passed on by our predecessors. The way in which we perceive things determines our understanding of them and therefore determines how we respond to them.
Although rooted in the past, culture is ever-changing, constantly undergoing transformation. We all come into this world the same way, we are constructed of the same biology and the…
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