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Make a post by answering the questions below then response to 2 students:Race in the Cultural Imagination1. What where your favorite television programs from ages 6-12? For each of these, identify the race/ethnicity of the major characters (Latino, African American, white, Asian American, Native American, multiracial). Do the same with your favorite films and/or video games.2. What was the portrayal of these characters? Can you identify any race related themes in these programs (interracial friendships, racial discrimination, colorblindness etc.)?3. How might have these media images influenced your understanding of race?2 hours agoCatrina TaylorWeek 8COLLAPSETop of Form1. The television shows I watched as a kid growing up was numerous of television shows. One of my favorite shows growing up was called the Puzzle Place and it came on PBS. The show was about a diverse group of children (puppets) from all over the world and they would discuss everyday conflicts. I also watched the Cosby Show. Which was about an affluent African American family where the dad was a doctor and the mom was a lawyer. My last favorite show was Zoom. This show was also also on PBS about a group of diverse kids who did different segments such as science experiments and jokes. Then I also watched a bunch of African American teen and preteen shows such as Moesha, Sister/Sister, Family Matters and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.2. The two shows that was on PBS had very diverse characters so they delay with interracial friendships amongst the characters. Now the other shows such as Moesha, Family Matters and Fresh Prince of Bel Air discussed issues concerning racial discrimination.3. Honestly, the shows that had majority African American actors on it I related to the most. I think this was because I felt the characters were more relatable to my everyday struggle. Now I may not have had the family structure like the characters had but I remember being taught how to be “black” when venturing outside of the neighborhood.Bottom of FormTimothy CameronWeek 8COLLAPSETop of FormI grew up watchingThe Simpson,Yu-Gi-OhandStatic Shock. My favorite show was definitelyStatic Shock. I remember fighting with my older siblings over the TV so I could watch it. The main character is Virgil, a black high school student who had powers allowing him to create and control electromagnetic fields. Virgil’s best friend is a fellow classmate named Richie who is white.Halowas my favorite Video game growing up. I would say the characters in this video game have many different races and ethnicities. The main character, Master Chief, never shows his face so his ethnicity is not clear. However, the novels have led people to believe he is white. Sgt. Johnson is an important character in the story who is black. The reason I liked Static Shock so much growing up was because of his powers. I am watching clips of Static Shock so I can recall details for this week’s discussion board. I never realized that this show focused so much on racism. This show addresses racial stereotypes and biases. In the first episode Virgil accidentally finds himself in a black vs white gang fight. He is given a gun that he immediately throws in the water. This scene shows that Virgil is not out to do wrong, he was just simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. In a different episode Virgil is invited over to his best friend Richie’s place for dinner. Richie’s father returns home from work early to find Virgil in his home. Richie’s father does not like Virgil because he is black and later says racist comments about Virgil (youtube.com/watch?v=8V7a2pxeNeE). Overall, I think the theme ofStatic Shockaddresses and shows the true evil of racism. I do not believe Halo had any racial discrimination in it. If anything, the game was color blind in the way that futuristic war movies are sometimes. I am not sure if Halo influenced my understanding of race. However, I do believe Static Shock influenced my understanding of race even though at the time I did not realize it was. Looking back at the show I believe it helped prevent me from creating racial biases. The show shows people that racial discrimination is wrong.Bottom of Form

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