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Watch 1981 TV Report ‘Racial Stereotyping: Inside & Out’ (What’s Changed 30+ Years Later?)

Watch 1981 TV Report 'Racial Stereotyping: Inside & Out' (What's Changed 30+ Years Later?)

If you spend a lot of time on the web like I do (specifically on video sharing sites like YouTube), you’ve likely come across videos like this – a TV report from 1981, titled “Racial Stereotyping: Inside & Out.”

Nothing particularly new here. But I like postings *artifacts* like this, if only to remind us of just how little has changed in over 30 long years, when it comes to depictions of black people on film and TV! In fact, it’s arguable that we’re actually worse off!

In essence, conversations we have here on Shadow And Act regarding limited representation are conversations that black folks have been having for decades. As I’ve said a gazillion times, at some point, we’ve got to get passed all the talking, seemingly waiting for others to lead, and actually start acting on our own behalf! It’ll be terrible if, in another 30 years, we’re STILL having these similar discussions.

Watch below in 2 parts…

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I enjoyed watching this and would love to see a modern version done today. What Diahann Carroll said at the end of part 2 is right. We as Black people; around the world will have to do for ourselves. We are seeing that happen with our own Networks and independently made movies and television shows. I am going to see if I can find other programming like this on YouTube and other video sharing sites. Thank you for posting this Tambay A. Obenson.

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Slowly but surely we are learning to put our content on YOUTUBE people like Issa Rae are leading the way. With projects moving to Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, this is a way to introduce people who are not part of the Studio game. But there is new breathe in Hollywood people like Ava DuVurnay who is bringing content and distribution. Good article wish I had the antidote!

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