Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race


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I was watching the NBA playoffs earlier and during the commercial break an advertisement for Netflix came on.  It was one that talked about the lives of a family called the rightnow family, because they like to watch movies without waiting.  The family is sitting at the dinner table asking about what type of movie they want to watch, many genres are thrown out until the father says they should watch a “dope” break dancing flick.  This family is comprised of all white people without a hint of any ethnicity in them.  They decide on the dancing movie and the commercial ends with them watching it and talking trash about their dancing skills, with the skinny white father saying that they don’t want him to “thrown down his sick moves.”  This commercial got me thinking about the subtle racist themes in commercials that might get overlooked by the average viewer because of its comedic value.  I think its wrong to stereotype a culture by their language and gestures because they happen to be the same culture that is in most movies about break dancing.  Is it looking into it too much or is there something wrong with a white family talking slang about something they have no idea about?; I favor the latter.


Written by mato89

April 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. So they “have no idea about” dancing because they’re white?


    April 17, 2010 at 11:09 pm

  2. I agree with the commenter, talking about stereotypes you just made one, who says white people don’t break dance? or use terms like “throw down his sick moves”?


    April 18, 2010 at 2:27 am

  3. Yeah… I think this was more about the dad trying to be “cool” than about subtle racist themes.


    April 24, 2010 at 12:14 am

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