The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry


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New York University Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Maryann Erigha is Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Georgia.


"The superhero blockbuster Black Panther is the most recent exception to Hollywoods golden rule: the only color that matters is green, and in the name of green, one should downplay Black. Maryann Erigha confronts the implications of this rule in The Hollywood Jim Crow, which traces how the conflation of race and economics works, in the minds of the white men who dominate the industry, to marginalize Black stories and Black talent at the movies. Through a careful analysis of more than a decade of box office data, film budgets, and incriminating insider statements about the role race plays in shaping industry decision-making, Erigha exposes the centrality of ghettoization processes in a key American cultural forum."--Darnell Hunt, Co-editor of Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities
"Erigha analyzes the barriers that black filmmakers face in Hollywood . . . this well-written work demonstrates a cogent understanding of institutional racism . . . Anyone seeking to study, and dismantle, structures of oppression will appreciate this clarifying read."--STARRED Library Journal
"Aconvincing analysis of structural barriers and attitudes that obstruct black filmmakers in today's culture. .. .A meaningful tribute to the achievements of pioneer directors and a sharp call for studios to keep trying harder to acknowledge structural racism."--Kirkus Reviews
"Offers a provocative lens for understanding how entrenched the industrys racial imbalances areand how the lack of people of color in top studio roles only perpetuates this inequality."--The Atlantic
"#OscarsSoWhite was a spotlight on the obvious. The Hollywood Jim Crow is an important and eloquent extension of that conversation."--Film Comment