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Editorial Reviews. Review. The study cuts through 84 years of films with many specific and Screen Saviors: Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness Kindle Edition.
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I don't deny that institutionalized forms of racism, sexism, homophobia, religious discrimination, etc etc pervade pretty much everything in pop culture, but come on. It is fine to provide in-depth and often very smart critiques of film, but when the authors can't come up with one example of what a truly anti-racist film is or might look like, if there honestly aren't any credible examples , ultimately their arguments become meaningless and self-congratulatory.
I ended the book with a "Uh huh; I hear you.
Jun 01, Janet rated it it was ok Shelves: A very interesting take on whiteness and race in movies. I think some of the arguments are a very far fetched. In addition, the authors annoyed me a lot by constantly making statements on behalf of white America I don't recall giving them my opinion or proxy to do so.
The authors also state several times throughout the book that people in other countries and in ours as well believe in the depictions of the people that they see in the movies. They say that many people who immigrate here have A very interesting take on whiteness and race in movies.
Screen Saviors: Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness by Hernan Vera
They say that many people who immigrate here have a poor opinion of African Americans based on what they see in movies. Those easily influenced people need to learn to think for themselves and realize that movies are only for entertainment purposes. Feb 16, Mell rated it it was ok Shelves: Glory, where the white commanders of black troops get the most heroic treatment. Todd rated it liked it Jan 26, LPenting rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Valerie rated it liked it Jul 03, Simone rated it really liked it Feb 08, Kaitlyn Routh rated it it was amazing Mar 15, Jules rated it liked it Feb 16, Jonathan rated it really liked it Sep 11, Jade Ashli Soisson-Thayer rated it really liked it Nov 06, Arlee rated it really liked it Feb 04, Vikki rated it it was amazing Oct 01, Erik rated it really liked it Jul 26, Angel marked it as to-read Nov 22, Sonicage marked it as to-read Dec 30, Andrew marked it as to-read Jul 16, Freeman marked it as to-read Jul 16, Korri marked it as to-read Feb 28, Caterina Fava added it Mar 26, Kapil Jain marked it as to-read Jan 25, Carrie marked it as to-read Jul 08, Rachel marked it as to-read Sep 23, Clayborn marked it as to-read Oct 16, David Kong marked it as to-read Jan 31, Tanisha R marked it as to-read Aug 28, Adam DJ Brett marked it as to-read Oct 07, Shanna marked it as to-read Dec 17, Jennifer marked it as to-read Jan 14, Detrick DeBurr marked it as to-read Feb 01, Charlie marked it as to-read Apr 04, Allen Lehman marked it as to-read May 11, Each film is examined in its social-historical context, and movies based on real events are compared to the historical record.
Vera and Gordon find that white people are always primary characters in these films and people of color secondary, [End Page ] present to love and serve whites. This is true even in films, such as Amistad, that are principally about an oppressed group and attempt to represent its members as complicated i. Furthermore, white people are consistently represented as more principled, enterprising, brave, kind, cultured, and good-looking than other peoples — in other words, racially superior. Showing us that notions of white racial superiority, if unconscious, are alive and well in U. Within sociology the tendency to emphasize white privilege as if it were material privilege alone overlooks what Cornel West calls the "existential capital" that whites gain from an inherently elevated self-concept.
Through their examinations of white fictionalizations of whiteness and race relations in popular films, the authors illustrate mainstream movies as part of the "project of racism" to shape racial consciousness and imaginaries in ways that will make a "non-racist world impossible in the future.
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