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

Journal Article (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