Ethnic Notions

Ethnic Notions

Directed by Marlon Riggs • 1986 • United States

Marlon Riggs’s essential, Emmy-winning documentary takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing the deep-rooted stereotypes that have fueled anti-Black prejudice. Examining the racist depictions of African Americans that have permeated cartoons, feature films, popular songs, minstrel shows, advertisements, folklore, household objects, and even children’s rhymes from the 1820s to the Civil Rights era, ETHNIC NOTIONS explores how these dehumanizing caricatures became embedded within the American psyche and continue to exact a devastating toll.

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Ethnic Notions
  • Ethnic Notions

    Directed by Marlon Riggs • 1986 • United States

    Marlon Riggs’s essential, Emmy-winning documentary takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing the deep-rooted stereotypes that have fueled anti-Black prejudice. Examining the racist depictions of African Americans that h...