ERIC Number: EJ1022452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
A Bundle of Silences: Examining the Racial Representation of Black Founding Fathers of the United States through Glenn Beck's "Founders' Fridays"
King, LaGarrett J.; Womac, Patrick
Theory and Research in Social Education, v42 n1 p35-64 2014
This article explores the discourse on Black Founding Fathers through Glenn Beck's television show, "Founders' Fridays". According to Beck, this 2010 summer television special was an opportunity to present Black American history in a more nuanced and truthful way. The theoretical framework, silencing the past, is used to highlight how the show presented a bundle of silences about Black Founders that changed their historical significance, which favored the show's purpose of silencing racial conflict, institutional racism, Black agency, and Black radicalism. This article extends the scholarship on how Black American history is misrepresented through various educational outlets, in this case, television.
Descriptors: African Americans, Television, African American History, Racial Relations, Racial Bias, Mass Media Effects, Misconceptions, Constitutional Law, Public Education, United States History, Social Bias, Content Analysis, Conflict, Institutional Environment, Whites
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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