Black Mirror: The Cultural Contradictions of American Racism

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Eric Lott, Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, titled his third book published by Harvard University Press as “Black Mirror.” In his book, Lott focuses on racial mirroring and deep contradictions inherent in American racism.

Throughout the 262 pages of work, the author illustrates ways in which “Black Mirror” partakes the role of American culture conducive to producing a fantasy of white masculinity; and the observation of the extent to which America and American art is integrated.

In his book, Lott explores the ways American literature and cultural institutions, such as the music and film industries of Hollywood, have depended persistently and repeatedly to the racial symbols producing white cultural dominance.

Black Mirror is a deep and thoughtful examination of the portrayal of racial differences that serves white cultural dominance. Specifically, a white artist’s disposition of blackness in its many forms, such as Dylan, Film Noir, Elvis impersonators, Joni Mitchell, Sinatra and Basie, and such.

By making the “darkness” visible, the book considers exposing the contradictions and falsity of the composition of white power. He discusses the fashion in which white culture both admires and appropriates blackness.

Through the occasions described, the author covers a well sought ground like Elvis in refreshing ways through the viewpoint of working-class white impersonators. A fascinating chapter on Film Noir, articulated with solid historical references, depicts a layer that goes beyond the genre’s notability for intriging plots. The book argues that Obama, and the U.S., never did represent a desired ‘post-racial’ status, but rather a poly-racial status and that which goes beyond one’s imagination and can only be fully comprehended by absorbing the content of Black Mirror.

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