Representations of Black people in the dominant media

May 9, 2006 by · 1 Comment 

“Within the logic of its narrative patterns, blacks tend to be depicted either as the source and cause of social problems – threatening to disrupt moral equilibrium – or as the passive bearers of social problems – victimised into angst-ridden submission or dependency” (Kobena Mercer)1

recent guardian newspaper image from article about homeless people. Photograph: Martin GodwinWe could argue that in an analysis of dominant media forms the black subject is still served up as a problem.

In the above quote from an article written in 1988 by cultural critic and author Kobena Mercer, he argues that black film practice comes up against the ‘official’ race relations narrative. It could be argued that this ‘official’ narrative is still in place. Read more