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Equal TimeTelevision and the Civil Rights Movement$
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Aniko Bodroghkozy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036682

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036682.001.0001

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The Return of Civil Rights Television

The Return of Civil Rights Television

The Obama Victory

Chapter:
(p.225) Epilogue The Return of Civil Rights Television
Source:
Equal Time
Author(s):

Aniko Bodroghkozy

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036682.003.0010

This book has explored how network television mobilized a certain type of image that, when appropriately paired with figures of whiteness, was presumed to make whites less anxious about social change. It has highlighted a common link in these representations of a dignified blackness intertwined with an accommodating and welcoming whiteness. It has considered a number of television shows, including East Side/West Side and Good Times, to emphasize the propensity of networks to tell narratives relating to “black and white together,” the “worthy black victim,” and the aspirational “civil rights subject.” This epilogue examines television news coverage of Barack Obama's historic election as president of the United States. It suggests that networks were returning to the familiar discourse about the civil rights movements during the 1960s as they packaged stories that celebrated black and white voters coming together to put a biracial black man into the White House, to make Americans feel good about their country and its race relations.

Keywords:   network television, whiteness, social change, blackness, television shows, television news, Barack Obama, civil rights, race relations, Good Times

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