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Critical Rhetorics of Race$
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Michael G. Lacy and Kent A. Ono

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762226

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762226.001.0001

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Critical Rhetorics of Race

Michael G. Lacy

Kent A. Ono

NYU Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the paradoxical representations of race in contemporary U.S. media culture. Racism ranges from everyday racism experienced by individuals in private contexts to longstanding structural inequalities and conditions. Media indicates that the United States is a post-racial society, in which race and racism are passé relics of a bygone era. Yet, those same media bombard the audience daily with spectacles of racial violence and disturbing racist images that serve as evidence that race and racism are alive and well in the United States. Thus, this book shows that race and racism are very much part of contemporary daily life in the U.S. race, racism, contemporary United States, media culture, post-racial society, racial violence.

Keywords:   U.S. media culture, racism, structural inequalities, racial violence, post-racial society

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