Applied Anthropology in the College Composition Classroom: Teaching Color-Blind Racism with the American “Teen Pic”
Recurring American “teen pic” conventions including (but not limited to) the “token black guy,” the “idiotic male/exoticized and sexualized female foreign exchange student,” reinforce colorblind racism within audiences who are targeted by age rather than ethnicity or class. Subsequently, current racial ideology seeking to deny systemic discrimination experienced by non-white Americans is reproduced within teenage movie-goer’s consciousness. Sociologist, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s (2006) Racism without Racists provides social science frames with which to discuss America’s colorblind racism within the writing composition classroom. By applying these frames toward analysis of mainstream teen film, critically conscious curricula can (less-threateningly) initiate discussion of racism amongst college freshmen who are usually resistant to exploring issues of difference and inequality.
Keywords: Racism, Pop Culture, Composition Pedagogy, Applied Anthropology, Critically Conscious Curricula
Graduate Assistant Teacher, Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English Program