The End Of Post Identity Television By Michael Omi
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Many people in America like to think that racial stereotyping and racism is a thing of the past, but racial stereotyping is still prominent in America. Although racial stereotyping and racism significantly slowed down, it still remains a major factor in American society. In “The End of Post-Identity Television,” Aymar Jean Christian argues the fact that race is not a major factor in casting characters in a television series or a movie, he reveals that race is not relevant anymore. In Michael Omi’s “In Living Color: Race and American Culture,” he argues how racial stereotyping and racism still exist in America. The Cosby Show seeked to change racial stereotyping in television by portraying an upper-middle class African American family. The Cosby Show attempted to break barriers for African Americans in television and did so by paving the way for other major African American based sitcoms. “The End of Post-Identity Television” proves that race is irrelevant in today’s modern society, but “In Living Color” proves that racial stereotyping and racism still exists in America. However, The Cosby Show altered the racial perceptions of African Americans and eliminated old stereotypes by displaying universal values that most cultures can relate to.
The Cosby Show was a show that manifested the opposite assumptions most people reflected about Blacks in television. It showed an African-American upper-middle class family with the father of the show, Cliff Huxtable, as a doctor and the mother, Clair Huxtable, as a lawyer. The network, NBC finally ordered only six episodes of the show, but soon that changed as The Cosby Show outdid every regular show on television at the time. The Cosby Show reformed the perceptions of African Americans on telev...
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.....we tend to operate off of a unexamined set of racial beliefs” (540). Omi examines how racial symbols in pop culture have developed into indirect judgements which are influenced by stereotypes. He says that Americans think it is acceptable to correspond to the stereotypical notions because they have been spoon-fed by the media to do so. The Cosby Show terminated these old stereotypical notions and broke barriers that no one would have ever imagined.
Essentially, although The Cosby Show eliminated old stereotypes, racial stereotyping still exists in America. Omi proves throughout his article that racial stereotyping still exists, while Christian proves throughout his article that race no longer matters in television. Although these two articles along with The Cosby Show do not coincide with each other, racial stereotyping is not relevant, but it is just human nature.