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.
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