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Although the movie does concentrate on saving the black people on being stereotyped there is a contradiction, it doesn't defend their violent nature. Again the audience is faced with a raw clan which commits murder. Black, violent, illiterate people it is negative image that has been presented several times through the media. In spite of this it is worth considering that the director desire was not at all to depict black people as being very cult people, but he wanted to show two different perspectives about black people, one of them is that some are smart and educated and others have a more furious nature due to the fact that they lack education. The media in any case should not present an elementary part of the black culture. It is rather dazzling to see on the screen such a complex black character as Delacroix. The reviews revealed that people were not quite used to such an image.

The role of the media should reduce to presenting the facts in a very objective manner. But there are always interests involved and this duty fails. "Bamboozled" presented the image of African-Americans as being misunderstood, and one way or the other hated for their talents like dancing and singing.

The cultural history is powerful. At the end of the movie are a series of clips that show the manner in which black people entertained America. It is a social statement on the way black people were treated and continue to be treated. There seems to be a greater perception of what is happening and people think is all in the past that they have become more tolerant. The past is all around and has become more subtle. There is a reason why in many television dramas, at least one black and one woman appear in the vast majority of white people. It is a push to please the ones who will find the drama insulting for its racist and sexist views.

According to Carl Rux essay "Eminem the new white negro," "in order for this merger of race icons to evolve there had to be in place a basic understanding of race amongst a contemporary generation. The new power brokers of culture had to inherit an inherited concept of race, and form vaguely similar ways of seeing the construct of race. If the culture of race in America could mean more to the new generation than the sociopolitical, economic, and physiological history of race in America, the new product on the American cultural market -- could be race itself"1. More people should be educated, and correctly informed about other races, and there should be a clear understanding of the different cultures. This means acceptance of each others differences and to empathize with each other. There isn't a correct apprehension of the other cultures, what people don't understand they reject.

The difficulty in accepting the way you are is real. Black people don't approve to be called niggers by the white people, the question is, what will happen if they accepted to be called niggers: "if all the niggers started calling each other nigger, not only among themselves but among ofays, nigger wouldn't mean anymore than 'good night', 'good bless you', or, 'I promise to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God. When that beautiful day comes, you'll never see another nigger kid come home from school crying because some ofay mother*****er called him nigger" (Lenny Bruce)

Lee's movie raised several questions: what is the role of race and gender in the workplace and in the world? To what extend people sell their souls in the marketplace? It is true that it was a very controversial film. And the opinions were divided, some viewers argued that racism is no longer an issue in the twenty century and that the director exaggerated and was to inflated by his own perceptions, and the others agreed that racism is still creating damages between people, and that television is not such an "innocent" element in people's, lives and is not helping in any way to a better knowledge of each race.


Rux, Carl "Eminem the new white negro," Everything but the burden: what white people are taking from black culture, Greg Tate. Broadway Books, 2003

Dyson Michael, "Race rules: navigating the color line,

Bamboozled, Wikipedia, The free Encyclopedia;

Rux, Carl "Eminem the new white negro," Everything but the burden: what white people are taking from black culture, Greg Tate. Broadway Books, 2003[continue]

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