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The Colorblind Screen: Television in Post-Racial America

Sarah Nilsen and Sarah E. Turner


The election of President Barack Obama signaled for many the realization of a post-racial America, a nation in which racism was no longer a defining social, cultural, and political issue. While many Americans espouse a “colorblind” racial ideology and publicly endorse the broad goals of integration and equal treatment without regard to race, in actuality this attitude serves to reify and legitimize racism and protects racial privileges by denying and minimizing the effects of systematic and institutionalized racism. This book examines television's role as the major discursive medium in the art ... More

Keywords: Barack Obama, post-racial America, racism, integration, equal treatment, colorblind racial ideology, television, multicultural assimilation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479809769
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479809769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Nilsen, editor

Sarah E. Turner, editor

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Front Matter


Sarah Nilsen and Sarah E. Turner

Part I Theories of Colorblindness

1 Shades of Colorblindness

Ashley (“Woody”) Doane

2 Rhyme and Reason

Roopali Mukherjee

3 The End of Racism?

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and Austin Ashe

Part II Icons of Post-Racial America

4 Oprah Winfrey

Janice Peck

5 The Race Denial Card

David J. Leonard and Bruce Lee Hazelwood

Part III Reinscribing Whiteness

10 BBFFs

Sarah E. Turner

Part IV Post-Racial Relationships

12 Mainstreaming Latina Identity

Philip A. Kretsedemas