The segregated gun as an indicator of racism and representations in film

Title

The segregated gun as an indicator of racism and representations in film

Creator

Aultman JM; Piatt E; Piatt J

Publisher

Humanities & Social Sciences Communications

Date

2020
2020-07-27

Description

Film emphasizes an ironic history of racism in gun control and ownership and a justification for seeking justice among the Black community, but film also perpetuates structural racism and bias, segregating Black from White, and failing to promote equality, solidarity, and progress. The gun is both a symbol of structural racism, and an expression through which critical attitudes and political statements can carry greater meaning and lead to positive action, empowerment, and desegregation. The symbolic meaning of guns in the hands of Blacks as violent, exceptional or some other stereotypical character trope is illustrated using three selected films including: Django Unchained, John Q., and Proud Mary. This paper is divided into three acts: Act I: The gun as symbol of structural racism in film; Act II: Stereotypical characters and their guns; Act III: Desegregation of the gun in film. These sections illustrate the meaning and representation of the gun as a theatrical object in film, and when in the hands of stereotypical character tropes, has perpetuated racist beliefs and attitudes that have not been adequately addressed in the film industry. To desegregate the gun in film, filmmakers need to critically examine the overt and hidden film texts and how the gun, and the characters wielding it, are perceived among audiences.

Subject

race; magical negro

Rights

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Format

journalArticle

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Pages

44

Issue

1

Volume

7

NEOMED College

NEOMED College of Medicine
NEOMED College of Graduate Studies

NEOMED Department

Department of Family & Community Medicine

Update Year & Number

August 2020 List

Citation

Aultman JM; Piatt E; Piatt J, “The segregated gun as an indicator of racism and representations in film,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed September 28, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11205.

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