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Introduction In Jewishness, Whiteness, and Blackness on Glee: Singing to the Tune of Postracism, Rachel E. Dubrofsky articulates how Glee, in contrast to their postracial programing, represents postracism as ironic. This article argues that by “glorifying” Rachel’s Jewishness as white and assimilating Mercedez into white culture contradicts Glee’s philosophy on tolerating and celebrating differences. While Dubrofsky presents significant research supporting the view that although Glee perpetuates its show on diversity, its racial interpretations of characters are subliminal; its relationship to linking minority with whiteness is only evident to the characters of Rachel and Mercedez. There is only enough evidence to suggest that characters of “minority” status are only able to shine in the starlight when they are whitened. Overview of the Article Dubrofsky illustrates the issue of diversity in media, supporting her arguments are scenes and characters from Glee. This article discusses that Glee, in contradiction to its postracial message, relies on the presence of racism by reassigning race; Jewishness to whiteness and the whitening of blackness. The author analyzes Rachel, who represents the Jewish aspect of the argument, and Mercedez, who represents blackness. Due to Rachel’s phenotype, lighter skin, which is closer to whiteness, Rachel is able to obtain white privileges. This is evident in the number of musical numbers, the amount of screen time, and depth of her character development. In contrast, Mercedez only receives privileges similar to Rachel’s only when she minimizes her blackness. Dubrofsky acknowledges that the evidence presented is not enough to assume Glee’s position within the discourse of race, but it raises enoug... ... middle of paper ... ...s in order to succeed. This awareness to overcome challenges only heightens the possibility that in order to do so, you have to realign yourself to be white. This was the case for Rachel and Mercedez, where without the influence of whiteness guiding their growth or maturity, both characters would be able to bask in the spotlight. Bibliography Gotanda, N. (2011). The Racialization of Islam in American Law. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 637(1), 184-195. doi:10.1177/0002716211408525 Henry, F., & Tator, C. (2009). The Colour of Democracy. (4th ed., p. 25,26,35,63). Toronto: Nelson College Indigenous. Naiman, J. (2008). How society works. (4th ed., p. 272). Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing. Teelucksingh, C. (2014). “Theoretical Perspectives” Week 2 Lecture. Teelucksingh, C. (2014). “Racism in the Justice System” Week 6 Lecture.

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