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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
"Russell A. Potter" <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 16 May 1992 12:36:41 -0400
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Found in a recent newspaper column:
Study partly funded by $16,500 grant from Bill Cosby reveals his long-running
"Cosby Show" desensitized whites to racial inequality because it featured a
well-to-do black family.  "If black people fail, white people can look at
the successful black people on 'The Cosby Show' and say they have only
themselves to blame," reports Sut Jhally of the University of Massachusetts,
who helped write a 200-page study on the social effects of the just-
concluded show.
I have often wondered about this question, particularly in the light of
recent events which indicate that misinformation and misunderstanding
between Black and White cultures in the U.S. is quite high.  Some within
the Black community have criticized the show for similar reasons, as with
Ice-T's canny remark that "For me, life wasn't nothing like the Cosby
Show" in his cut "Body Count."
Does anyone know more about this study?  Are copies available?  Who worked
on it, and by what criteria did they reach their conclusions?
"Enquiring Minds Want to Know"
-- Russell A. Potter
-- English Dept.
-- Colby College
-- Waterville, Maine 04901
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