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Author Torres, Sasha, author

Title Black, white, and in color : television and black civil rights / by Sasha Torres
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018]
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Contents Introduction -- "In a crisis we must have a sense of drama": Civil Rights and Televisual Information -- The Double Life of "Sit-In" -- King TV -- Giuliani Time: Urban Policing and Brooklyn South -- Civil Rights, Done and Undone
Summary This book examines the representation of blackness on television at the height of the southern civil rights movement and again in the aftermath of the Reagan-Bush years. In the process, it looks carefully at how television's ideological projects with respect to race have supported or conflicted with the industry's incentive to maximize profits or consolidate power. Sasha Torres examines the complex relations between the television industry and the civil rights movement as a knot of overlapping interests. She argues that television coverage of the civil rights movement during 1955-1965 encouraged viewers to identify with black protestors and against white police, including such infamous villains as Birmingham's Bull Connor and Selma's Jim Clark. Torres then argues that television of the 1990s encouraged viewers to identify with police against putatively criminal blacks, even in its dramatizations of police brutality. Torres's pioneering analysis makes distinctive contributions to its fields. It challenges television scholars to consider the historical centrality of race to the constitution of the medium's genres, visual conventions, and industrial structures. And it displaces the analytical focus on stereotypes that has hamstrung assessments of television's depiction of African Americans, concentrating instead on the ways in which African Americans and their political collectives have actively shaped that depiction to advance civil rights causes. This book also challenges African American studies to pay closer and better attention to television's ongoing role in the organization and disorganization of U.S. racial politics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African Americans on television
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century
African Americans -- Press coverage -- History -- 20th century
Television broadcasting of news -- United States
African Americans on television.
African Americans -- Civil rights.
African Americans -- Press coverage.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Television -- History & Criticism.
Television broadcasting of news.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0691186375