How Hollywood Reinforced An Emerging Ideology of Colorblindness
Hollywood So White? It's Worse Than That...
White Balance: How Hollywood Shaped Colorblind Ideology and Undermined Civil Rights (University of North Carolina Press, 2020) explores the connection between politics and film from the 1970s to the 1990s. Justin Gomer illustrates the myriad of ways that Hollywood relied on and helped solidify an emerging ideology of colorblindness in the wake of the civil rights movement.
From films like Dirty Harry to Rocky, Gomer is able to show just how much politics and film are intertwined during this period and held to reinforce each other in order to gradually chip away at the gains made during the Civil Rights Movement.
Justin Gomer is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the California State University-Long Beach.
Derek Litvak is a Ph.D. student in the department of history at the University of Maryland.