When the “good one” is “baaad”: Modern racism in john singleton’s shaft


Journal Article

John Singleton's 2001 version of the blaxploitation film Shaft reinterprets this iconic representation of Black masculinity within an explicit and self-conscious treatment of the problem of racism. The film moves from a powerfully counter-stereotypical opening scene into a nominal indictment of racism that ultimately reinstates overtly racist stereotypes and privileges racist viewpoints. This paradoxical, multivalent representation of race marks an expansion of the trope of “modern racism”: an expansion that articulates with neo-liberal discourses of race. © 2008 The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baker, LD

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 165 - 178

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1548-3843

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1099-9949

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/10999940802115526

Citation Source

  • Scopus