This is what rape culture is. When you watch your sexual assaulter sit on-stage in the Hub and do public forums for AS student elections. When you hear her answer question after question about what she’s done against sexual violence at UCSB, talking about how we need to understand what consent is, talking about how people don’t feel safe reporting their sexual assaults.
And when you have only one avenue to out her before she wins, and it involves putting yourself directly in harm’s way. I’m scared for the next two weeks, and however longer the flack is going to last for outing her.
white girls can’t wear bindis because in sixth grade one time i was dropped off at school by my aunt who was wearing a bindi at the time and some girl’s mom whispered to her friend how she would never let her daughter play with me because my family had probably been happy about 9/11 and then four years later that daughter showed up to school wearing a bindi as part of her “”“boho”“” look
Your professor, like many, is sipping the White supremacist koolaid when it comes to media and this concerns me that anyone with a professorial position in Sociology would make this bullshit fall out of their mouth. I mean, the fact that it took 37 years for a Black woman to have a lead role on a network show again (Kerry Washington on Scandal) since the last show (Teresa Graves on Get Christy Love) should be a clue. And since Scandal, there’s only been a few more; no major changes.
The premise on its face is flawed. We are not discussing a census nor does television operate that way. The quality of representations matter, not solely if they allocate 2 Black people from each state to be on TV as if we are talking about the Senate LOL. Further, even if it made sense to refuse to show any more Black people on television than exist in the population, we live in a White supremacist society. The very depictions themselves are meant to reinforce Whiteness and present Whiteness as “the norm” with everything else as a deviation. And then think of character lineups on most shows. Who are the leads? Who are secondary? Which characters are fully developed beings on a show? Who has the most screen time? Who is the show named after? All of this points to Whiteness.
All characters do not exist equally on screen so that statistic the professor gave you is a diversion beyond moot.
And like…even now there are thirsty trolls probably reading this and waiting to name 4 examples as if that’s proof that institutions have changed. They haven’t even when audiences crave diversity. A handful of decent depictions amidst this sliver of space that we occupy within the media is not enough. Under the existing writing for most shows, even if more Black characters are added, they would still reinforce White supremacy. The writing itself would need to change, which I alluded to in Where Are The Black Writers Of Television Shows?
When people are marginalized in society, showing a marginalized depiction of them and numerically no more than the population that they occupy is not justice or even radical, it is status quo…that we had to fight to even get to! In other words, to get the pathetic depictions that we have now, that was a fight over radically more destructive ones from previous decades.
Just on main characters alone (because a Black person walking by as White people walking down the street are the focus of the show is NOT full representation), Alyssa over at ThinkProgress published what the population would look like if based on main characters of television: 3.8% would be Black women; 5% would be Black men. Both lower than our populations. Why would 50% be White men and 34% be White women? White men’s figure is significantly larger than the population they occupy; White women’s near the same. Further, who owns these networks? Who are most television writers? Who runs The Academy? Instead of really elementary statistical comparisons, your Sociology professor needs to do a better job and should know quality and perspective are relevant, not just quantities when it comes to something as subjective yet as powerful as media.
Hope this somewhat answers your question. Take care. ❤
(Side note for everyone else who reads my blog, why the fuck do professors like these get jobs that I couldn’t get if I wanted? Is this not continuously ludicrous? Question is rhetorical of course. Anyways…)