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The Colorblind ScreenTelevision in Post-Racial America$
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Sarah Nilsen and Sarah E. Turner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479809769

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479809769.001.0001

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Watching TV with White Supremacists

Watching TV with White Supremacists

A More Complex View of the Colorblind Screen

(p.219) 9 Watching TV with White Supremacists
The Colorblind Screen

C. Richard King

NYU Press

This chapter examines online discussions among, and historical documents by, advocates of white power—here understood as a broad discursive field that encompasses perspectives typically identified as white supremacist and white nationalist. It has two main objectives. First, it seeks to tease out the preoccupations white power advocates bring to television and how these shape their accounts of the medium. Second, it works to make sense of the relationship between white power and colorblindness, arguing that the latter dominant form clears a space for emergent and latent ideologies, while offering them a target to spread their messages. In exploring these themes, the chapter argues that many white supremacists see television as a powerful threat to whiteness. Indeed, television endangers whites because of who they believe controls it, what they assert it communicates, and what they identify as guiding ideologies such as multiculturalism and race mixing.

Keywords:   white power, white supremacists, white nationalist, television, colorblindness, whiteness, guiding ideologies, multiculturalism, race mixing

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