chapter  5
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House Negro versus Field Negro: The Inscribed Image of Race in Television News Representations of African-American Identity

I don't think that Black people fit anywhere in the media, either we are the perfect imagery of slavery-the good Black or the had Black-or either

the Uncle Tom or the Nat Turner. That's it! —Karol , participant

The above participant's statement captures the sentiments of AfricanAmerican audience members who believe that there is what could be called an "inscribed image" of racism that permeates American media discourse. This comment illustrates the dismal state of Black images in media, implicitly acknowledging a troubling racist ideology that centers on minority tokenism and stereotypes of the deficient or deviant.