2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

"Racism Doesn't Exist": Satirizing Unaddressed Racial Conflicts in American Dear White People
Joshua Wells
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

The film Dear White People (2014) portrays the complexity of relationships between Blacks and Whites at a predominantly white college. The film challenges the ideology that purports that racism does not exist in America. Based on real events, including the Ferguson protest, the film, through the heavy use of satire, the film highlights prevalent racial issues often unaddressed in society. This paper will argue that the films concerns, systematic white privilege, affirmative action, and interracial relationships. All are questions that need to be reevaluated on mainstream platform.

Keywords: Racism, Interracial Relationships, Affirmative Action


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 103-1
Location: VH 1224
Time: 8:00

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