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William Morris Professor Marylou Fusco College Composition 1002 February 27, 2008 The Titanic Race Issue The reinforcing issues of racial stereotypes in our society have always been subject to criticism for the way race relationships have been looked at. The morals and values portrayed by the media have only intensified views of racial relationships, with us a culture simply concealing the differences in black and white relationships. Through the media, movies such as Remember the Titans, Pulp Fiction, and Die Hard with a Vengeance all exemplify the counterfeit relationships shared between black and white characters. In “Put on a Happy Face”, Benjamin DeMott attacks the idea that “the images and messages of devoted relationships between blacks and whites do exert a humanizing influence” (570). The truth is, the present day movies portraying the race relationship of black and white are a completely faux of the reality of society between blacks and whites. In DeMott’s essay titled “Put on a Happy Face: Masking the Differences between Blacks and Whites”, he emphasizes the detrimental effect that this downplaying is having on our society. Specifically, he focuses on the impact of movies involving prominent characters from both black and white race. DeMott also centers on various present day films with both black and white main characters including Pulp Fiction (with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson) and Die Hard with a Vengeance (with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson) that depicts the great friendships between the black and white
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characters, and in reality that is a façade. DeMott describes the perfect world created by the films made today: “What’s dreamed of and gained is a place where whites are unafraid of blacks, where blacks ask for and need nothing from whites, and where the
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course ENGLISH 1002 taught by Professor White during the Spring '08 term at Temple.

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