Explain whiteness in the media

Explain whiteness in the media

Project Proposal: Whiteness in the media

As George Lipsitz, an American scholar, said, whiteness is everywhere but it is unseen by the common eye. Everything in America is measured by what the White people do. Today many movies and shows have white characters although they should be from other countries and of other ethnicity. Therefore, our group would like to focus on the influence of whiteness in the media. We will be asking questions about what the media tells us about people of color, and who decides how someone should be portrayed.

Questions for our interviews:

  1. What do you think of when you hear the word “whiteness”?
  2. Do you think that the lack of minority superheroes in the past has prevented minority youths from having strong figures in their lives that they can look up to?
  3. Is  the constant portrayal of aggressive black men in the news and media change the way you interact with them in person?
  4. Do you believe that there is bias in how different races are portrayed in the media?
  5. What message do you get when you see White people playing roles that minorities should be playing? Movies like Gods of Egypt and the Last Airbender
  6. ** two video clips of two similar protests/criminal cases and how they are portrayed in the media –
  7. What message do you get from knowing that both White people and people of Color commit the same acts but are judged differently?
  8. Why do you think that film producers involve white actors in people of color stories and center about them, Even though they don’t exist in the real story?
  9. Do you think tv shows (like the walking dead for example) kill minorities more than white people on purpose? Why?
  10. Do you think media is a key site where injustice and inequality still persist?
  11. How does media play an influential role in shaping how we think about race in our daily lives?

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Whiteness in the Media