What are the positive and negative effects of showing upwardly mobile Blacks on

What are the positive and negative effects of showing

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7. What are the positive and negative effects of showing upwardly mobile Blacks on TV (like Cliff Huxtable of “The Cosby Show”)? (See Lewis and Jhally’s “Television and the Politics of Representation”)The Cosby show in many ways, changed the way television thinks about the portrayal of African Americans. It represents a turning point in television culture; which black actors now had possibilities beyond the indignities of playing a crude and limited array of black stereotypes or the “token” role. Positive:Promoted an attitude of racial tolerance among white viewersGenerated a feeling of pride and relief among black viewersCharacter of social prominence without acquiring it through drugs or prostitutionNegative:Viewers find it difficult to identify with that realityBecause the Huxtables were not portrayed with the image of what was considered as stereotypically “black,” class and race were paired. It seemingly promoted the idea that this class ascension was a result of acting “white”Conformed to the popular norms of television
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Black characters had to be upscale to be accepted in the image worldTraps African Americans in which any representation of more typical black experience—which is not upper-middle class—is stereotypical. 8. What were the concerns of the white working-class ethnics in Rubin’s “Is this a White Country or What?” What contributes to white working-class ethnics’ anxiety over immigration? Are all the negative claims and anti-immigrant narratives about undocumented immigrants true? Why or why not? (See the “Immigration” lecture posted on Blackboard and the article “Is This a White Country or What?” for help.)In the US, white working class citizens worry that with the current state of the economy immigrants do more taking from society than contributing. Some of the fears include: increased crime rate, loss of jobs, higher cost of living, and that they don’t pay taxes. Not all of these negative claims are true. In fact, immigrants do pay taxes, they also often occupy jobs that are essential to our society—the jobs that most people wouldn’t do.Immigrants are:oJob stealersoLinguistically and culturally deficientoDraining public resourcesEach of these narratives label the immigrant as the problemThese narratives obscure the larger historical & economic context in which immigration occurs
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