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Unformatted text preview: and the actor's ability to effectively portray a role. Despite the advances in race relations in America over the last several decades, there is still an undercurrent of stereotypical casting. Criminals are often black, people who work in gas stations or groceries are often latino or asian, and the primary characters are often white. As long as whites remain the predominant race in the United States, however, it is not surprising to see them cast in the majority of roles. The important feature of modern stereotyping to recognize is that it is no longer as stark and dehumanizing as it once was. More blacks may be cast as criminals than whites (which has been the case since the inception of film and television), but more blacks are also being cast in the roles of police officers, lawyers, doctors, etc. As society seeks to balance racial interaction in society at large, the process is slowly but surely being reflected in the major entertainment mediums of film and television....
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- Fall '07