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Contemporary Media Representations of Race and the Reshaping of the College Classroom Experience

Contemporary Media Representations of Race and the Reshaping of the College Classroom Experience Contemporary Media Representations of Race and the Reshaping of the College Classroom Experience IMAANI JAMILLAH EL-BURKI Current, traditional college students have of society (Lewis, La Vida; Lewis, Five Fami- spent a lifetime with mediated representa- lies). Such a perspective often appears in tions of racial progress that facilitate the media in very covert, subtle, and context- internalization of neoliberalist views on appropriate ways. Another dominant difference and inequality. Race tends to postracial representation of race por- overlap with other aspects of difference trays issues of race as based in emotions to shape definitions of belonging and rather than institutions. This framing often diversity (Wise). The current creation of appears by way of interracial friendships diversity in media representations does wherein a “de-racialized utopia” commu- not necessarily facilitate a more egalitarian nicates to viewers that racism would end and inclusive understanding of race (Orbe, if people could just “get over it” and move “Constructions”; Orbe “Representations”; on from the past (Thornton). Dixon). Instead for many, and in particular Although the texts and images that for white Americans, media representa- become social cues for both normalizing tions provide evidence that makes social and rationalizing social inequality may be inequality appear to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Feminist Teacher University of Illinois Press

Contemporary Media Representations of Race and the Reshaping of the College Classroom Experience

Feminist Teacher , Volume 27 (2) – Feb 5, 2019

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Abstract

Contemporary Media Representations of Race and the Reshaping of the College Classroom Experience IMAANI JAMILLAH EL-BURKI Current, traditional college students have of society (Lewis, La Vida; Lewis, Five Fami- spent a lifetime with mediated representa- lies). Such a perspective often appears in tions of racial progress that facilitate the media in very covert, subtle, and context- internalization of neoliberalist views on appropriate ways. Another dominant difference and inequality. Race tends to postracial representation of race por- overlap with other aspects of difference trays issues of race as based in emotions to shape definitions of belonging and rather than institutions. This framing often diversity (Wise). The current creation of appears by way of interracial friendships diversity in media representations does wherein a “de-racialized utopia” commu- not necessarily facilitate a more egalitarian nicates to viewers that racism would end and inclusive understanding of race (Orbe, if people could just “get over it” and move “Constructions”; Orbe “Representations”; on from the past (Thornton). Dixon). Instead for many, and in particular Although the texts and images that for white Americans, media representa- become social cues for both normalizing tions provide evidence that makes social and rationalizing social inequality may be inequality appear to

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Feminist TeacherUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Feb 5, 2019

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