Whenever an author lays claim to what it means to be Black, a site of disruption is created, wherein a Black audience member is expected to identify with or see as “truth” a representation of himself that cannot be.
My face and my head pulse, and so does the radio. I’m losing track of time, but I can tell that we’re close to the beach when the police officer stops us—the ceaseless strip of road has gone satisfyingly gritty with sand.
Whether representations of violence can help to rectify the unjust treatment of the oppressed is a familiar topic of debate, but our discussions focus too much on the intention of the creator and not enough on the effect on viewers.
How does the lack of equal and unbiased representation in television marketed for children affect their sense of self and self-worth?
Jordan Peele's 2019 film makes a political statement with an unnerving horror, but the audience remains at a safe distance.
"I had never forgotten it. Not only because of the shame and embarrassment of having an infamous "presentation” disaster, which thereafter became one of my greatest fears, but because it felt to me like an exemplification of my own failure as a Puerto Rican."