This week's discussions and readings are especially useful in understanding how ideologies surrounding race operate in post-civil rights american society. Hall's theories of overt and inferential racism help us recognize racism when we see it in the media (and reality), and Banet-Weiser's postfeminism discussion gives perspective on how we arrive at contemporary representations of race in the media, and the examples presented in class exemplified the concepts well.
I think that the discussion surrounding Dov Hikind dressing up as a black basketball player was key in identifying how racism can be overt. Hikind, clearly views his impersonation as being natural. I view his actions and response to be racist, but also from a postracial ideological form. He views the black basketball player as a singular identity, but his acknowledgement of race is essentialist, and his decision to link "the basketball player" with the "black" suggest that he views this image as being something that can be consumed, separate from structures of racial identity. I view his actions in lieu of his activism work opposing anti-semitism, as reinforcing his racist ideology, because it demonstrates that he does not acknowledge the social-political history of race in America as being connected struggles for identity that Jews have endured throughout history... What an unfortunate incident!