Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Disney

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Last night I was watching the Disney channel with my roommate and we got on the subject of race.  We then realized that there are very few African American actors that are on the Disney channel television shows.  We could name the characters that were currently in shows and in the past.  Also, there are not any shows where African Americans are the main characters anymore.  The shows that we could think of that did have African American actors as the main characters were no longer airing.  Why is that?  The Disney channel prides itself on being diverse by showing different kids and cultures around the world, but why does it not appeal to all races in the United States?  I think that since the Disney channel claims to be so diverse it should actually make television shows about all the different races in the United States rather than just one.

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Written by tjurgonski

January 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. That is true but maybe it is also due to the fact that Disney will show its most current popular shows. When That’s So Raven was still airing new episodes that was a show that Disney would have on all the time and the same with Corey In the House, but as the shows Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place came to be the most popular, they became the ones with the most air time. I think Disney is slowly getting to where it should be in terms of displaying all cultures because they now have Sonny With a Chance and Wizards of Waverly Place that have Hispanic actresses as their main characters. It is true that right now Disney does not have a hugely popular show right now that has African Americans as their main characters.

    cristyb7513

    January 29, 2010 at 1:43 am

  2. Disney DOES represent most cultures in their programming. While they may not be filming shows like That’s So Raven, Cory in the House, and Proud Family, they are still airing episodes on TV every day. They also air episodes of Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go. You can’t expect Disney to replace a show with an African American lead role with another show with an African American lead role instantly. It takes time to create a completely new television franchise so that it doesn’t feel like That’s so Raven 2.

    devaio24

    January 29, 2010 at 3:03 am


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