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What was most interesting about the essays was that they were written from very diverse perspectives on the effects of mass media on our perception of race. The first author looks at our perception from an African American point of view, or at least in my opinion, an African American point of view. Bell Hooks says that perception of blacks in the media distorts the societal perception of the roles of black people. She says that in the media black people most often seen as servants, unequal to their white counterparts. She says, "While superficially appearing to present a portrait of racial social equality, mass media actually work to reinforce assumptions that black folks should always be cast in supporting roles in relation to white characters." She says that, while blacks have challenged the representations of blacks in the media, they have not challenged it enough because there are less negative represent
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- Hooks says that movies, which were created to "intervene in and challenge white supremacist assumptions", ...
- He says, "As long as race is something only applied to non-white peoples, as long as white people are not racially seen and names, they/we function as human norm. Other people are raced, we are just people." ...
- he quotes Hazel Carby with, "everyone in the social order has been constructed in our political imagination as a racialized subject" ...
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