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Ethnic Notions by Marlon Riggs

Ethnic Notions by Marlon Riggs

Students in "Mediating Race: Technology, Performance, Politics, and Aesthetics in Popular Culture," with Professors Cathy N. Davidson and Racquel Gates, may be interested in watching Ethnic Notions, an Emmy-winning documentary by Marlon Riggs, which illuminates the devastating effects of portraying dehumanized caricatures in popular culture from the 1820s to the Civil Rights movement. From California Newsreel: "Ethnic Notions...takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. Through these images we can begin to understand the evolution of racial consciousness in America."

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