For Monday, please:
1. Do a close reading of Hall's "The Whites of Their Eyes: Racist Ideologues and the Media" (page 228 in the course packet).
2. Read Peggy McIntosh's "White Privilege and Male Privilege" (Moodle)
3. Optional reading: bell hooks's "Eating the Other" (p 57 in the course packet)
As you read, the following should guide your note taking:
1. How does Hall understand ideology (89-90)? Where does it come from? What does it do? How do we inhabit ideology?
2. What does Hall mean when he describes media as "part of the dominant means of ideological production" (90)?
3. What does Hall mean by "overt" racism? What does he mean by "inferential racism"? Can you think of a media example in which each one operates? (91)
4. What are some tropes of inferential racism that Hall mentions? What tropes of inferential racism have you noticed that Hall does not address?
5. What does Hall mean by "the grammar of race" (91-92)? What are some of its elements?
6. Hall describes the recurring figures of this "grammar of race" as deeply ambivalent, a kind of "double vision of the white eye through which they are seen" (92). What does he mean by this? How does this relate to Sun's piece on Lucy Liu or hook's piece on "Eating the Other"?
7. What are some present-day media examples in which inferential racism, in Hall's terms, operates? Are there "grammars of race" that you have observed in media that Hall overlooks?
8. How does McIntosh's essay relate to Hall's? How can McIntosh's analysis inform how we consume and critique media?