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By Sarah E. Turner, Sarah Nilsen

The election of President Barack Obama signaled for plenty of the belief of a post-racial the United States, a kingdom during which racism used to be now not a defining social, cultural, and political factor. whereas many americans espouse a “colorblind” racial ideology and publicly propose the wide targets of integration and equivalent therapy with no regard to race, truly this angle serves to reify and legitimize racism and protects racial privileges by way of denying and minimizing the results of systematic and institutionalized racism.

In The Colorblind Screen, the individuals research television’s position because the significant discursive medium within the articulation and contestation of racialized identities within the usa. whereas the dominant mode of televisual racialization has shifted to a “colorblind” ideology that foregrounds racial changes on the way to have a good time multicultural assimilation, the quantity investigates how this custom denies the numerous social, fiscal, and political realities and inequalities that proceed to outline race relatives this day. targeting such iconic figures as President Obama, LeBron James, and Oprah Winfrey, many chapters learn the ways that race is learn by way of tv audiences and lovers. different essays specialise in how visible structures of race in dramas like 24, Sleeper Cell, and The Wanted proceed to conflate Arab and Muslim identities in post-9/11 tv. the quantity bargains a major intervention within the examine of the televisual illustration of race, attractive with a number of elements of the mythologies constructing round notions of a “post-racial” the United States and the duplicitous discursive purpose provided via the ideology of colorblindness.

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