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Current images can reference the memory of the past o 1950s – early days of television In the early days of television, it was a very white world Reading by Foxworth portrays similar idea with advertising Comical black character who is somewhat of a buffoon Later movies, such as Transformers, ask whether or not black characters can only play serious roles How does the way black characters were portrayed in the past reflect the way they are portrayed now? o 1960s – Civil Rights Movement and TV land without racism Popular culture can be very powerful images During this time, we see a change in the depiction of African Americans on TV, away from the stereotypical images and towards images that were less racial Ex: Julia – portrayed as a middle class working woman who worked to take care of her only son Ex: I Spy – Bill Cosby and other white actor working for the Pentagon, both depicted as sophisticated and upper class Image of a utopian world – racism doesn’t exist and in some way, race doesn’t even exist (ex: The Cosby Show – representation of an upper
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