The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry
3601 Walnut Street
This event is free and open to the public.
In The Hollywood Jim Crow, Maryann Erigha tells the story of inequality, looking at the practices and biases that limit the production and circulation of movies directed by racial minorities. She examines over 1,300 contemporary films, specifically focusing on directors, to show the key elements at work in maintaining “the Hollywood Jim Crow.” Unlike the Jim Crow era, where ideas about innate racial inferiority and superiority were the grounds for segregation, Hollywood’s version tries to use economic and cultural explanations to justify the under-representation and stigmatization of Black filmmakers.
Maryann Erigha is Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Georgia.
This event is presented by the Center for Africana Studies.