Race, Representation, and Satire examines the role of humor, sarcasm, and parody in providing audiences with insight into race and racism in contemporary media through an analysis of representations of race and ethnicity in texts, online content, television shows, and comedy routines. Contributors argue that while many minoritized groups continue to be targeted by stereotypes and myths that have lingered for centuries, satire and comedy can be powerful tools for reversing harmful narratives and generating accurate, authentic, and inclusive representations. Scholars of media studies, popular culture, rhetoric, and race will find this book particularly useful.
Chrisotpher P. Campbell is a former professor at The University of Southern Mississippi with expertise in race and media, media economics, journalism, and cultural criticism.
Part I: Satire as Opposition
Chapter 1: Atonement: What Reparations and Racial Justice Look Like on Atlanta
Chapter 2: #ColoradoBorderWall: Mimetic Discourse as Emancipation
Chapter 3: Reservation Dogs, Visual Sovereignty, Performative Indigeneity, and the Cultural Imperative of Native American-Produced Media
Chapter 4: “Voldemort under My Headscarf”: The Oppositional Muslim Gaze of We are Lady Parts
Chapter 5: Class is in Session: Abbott Elementary’s “Step Class” and the Oppositional Gaze as Counter-Hegemonic Practice
Chapter 6: Squid Game: South Korea’s View of Itself and the West
Chapter 7: Alternative Media and Representation: An Outsider’s Construction of Race on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Part II: Satire, Challenges and Missed Opportunities
Chapter 8: Just Jokes? Dave Chappelle’s The Closer and the Intersectional Challenges of Satire
Chapter 9: Latin History for Morons: Comedic Revisions and Race in the Work of John Leguizamo
Chapter 10: Guess Who’s Muslim: Using Satire to Show What “Islam Truly Is”
Chapter 11: The Case of Kim’s Convenience: Cause for Celebration or a Cautionary Tale?
Chapter 12: Missed Opportunities: Discursively Dismantling the Hyper-Wokeness of the Sitcom Community
Chapter 13: “Polo, Small but Tough”: Arab and Muslim Representations in a Volkswagen “Commercial”
Race, Representation, and Satire explores ways satire, indeed humor more broadly, is used to communicate complex ideas about race. This collection of essays is fun to read, but in the process of enjoying the humor readers will learn important lessons along the way. From the comedic delivery of news to viral memes to stand-up routines, this book shows that some of the best critiques of racism are performed with a wink and a smile.