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Hollywood and Racism

This week’s show featured a lecture by Professor Cedric Robinson titled “Jim Crow, Capitalism, and the Representation of Blacks in Early American Cinema.” His lecture was another in a series presented by the African-American Studies Program at Boston University under the theme of “Blacks and Asians in the Making of the Modern World.”

Professor Robertson discussed how Hollywood helped shape the American society’s attitudes toward African-Americans in the first decades of the last century. Robinson teaches in the Black Studies and Political Science departments of the University of California at Santa Barbara. His fields of teaching and research are modern political thought, radical social theory in the African Diaspora, comparative politics, and media and politics.