Posts tagged "race"

Mopping up ‘Afterbirth’: A Follow-Up Article to ‘Afterbirth of a Nation’

  by Jeriah Hildwine Last week I posted an article, “Afterbirth of a Nation”, which left a few gaps in its arguments.  A couple of friends of mine provided some feedback on these gaps, prompting this article as an attempt to address their observations. Paul Germanos observed in a comment on last week’s post: Jeriah... Read more »

Afterbirth of a Nation: Residual Effects of Racist Themes in American Popular Cinema

by Jeriah Hildwine We’ve come a long way since D.W. Griffith’s infamously racist 1915 depiction of the Civil War and Reconstruction in “Birth of a Nation,” but depictions of African Americans in Hollywood have not entirely escaped the shadow of the more overt racism of the past.  Several recent popular films provide clear evidence of... Read more »

What We Talk About When We Talk About Diversity

Let’s consider this word: “diversity.” What it refers to depends on the context in which it is used. But most of us who were cognizant during the 1990s know it often refers to race–especially in government-funded programming. Along with other words from the 90s (such as “multiculturalism”), “diversity” is a multi-syllable, all-encompassing, not-entirely-direct way to... Read more »