Monday, Feb. 27 | Dialect Discrimination from Disney to Django: How Hollywood Uses Language to Reinforce Racial Stereotypes
6:30 p.m. in Room 112
Though modern film has made strides toward greater diversity in casting and behind-the-camera roles, racial stereotyping still persists on the silver screen. This presentation will examine how modern films use dialects such as Black English to define and limit characters in racially stereotypical ways. Specific examples of dialogue from recent mainstream films will be used that illustrate this widespread practice, as well as examples from films that defy it. Further, the presentation will discuss the myths and misconceptions about dialects such as Black English, and their relationship to so-called "standard English," that are still prevalent in our culture, even among educated individuals.