ERIC Number: EJ1071906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Black Like Who?: The Class of 2014 Considers Race in "Dear White People"
Multicultural Perspectives, v17 n3 p141-144 2015
Modern educational institutions were associated with the separation of children from ordinary people and of the schoolhouse from the ordinary world, creating an educational subculture and a minority population of schoolchildren. Passage through this subculture became a universal shared experience. Higher education grew at the same time into an experience that separated those who went to college from those who did not, becoming a basis for the modern class system. Popular culture reflects this split as the college movie, a genre that addresses only part of the movie audience. As in other American institutions, there is also a split between the worlds of Black and White colleges. Only the mainstream White version of college appeared in movies until recently. The African-American-themed college movie was pioneered in "School Daze." "Dear White People" followed that lead. The movie concerns a generation of Black college students whose perspectives rest on a familiarity with more than a half century of ideas about race in America.
Descriptors: Black Colleges, African American Students, Films, Popular Culture, Subcultures
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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