Race, Gender and Class Diversity in Media: A Study of Rejection of Stereotypes in The Help, The Great Debaters and A Raisin in the Sun
Keywords:Race, Gender, class, hierarchies, multiplicity, established ideas, diverse portrayals
Media plays a significant role in the representation of social and cultural scenarios, highlighting discrimination based on ethnicity, social status, and sex. These media representations play an influential role in maintaining social constructs of binary identities, such as black or white, male or female, and middle or lower class. This study tends to explore the diversification of social and racial hierarchies portrayed in films with a focus on people categorized as ‘other’. In contrast to the set pattern, the films examined in this study display multiple perspectives about images of the black people and white women and do not put them in stereotypical categories. The selected films have subverted the so-called established ideas about African-Americans being uncivilized, uneducated, and unworthy and show that all individuals regardless of the established stereotypes can achieve their dreams. Moreover, media has a link with social realities and the rampant racist scenario.