Sample Religious Studies Movie Review Paper on ‘Ethnic Notions’ and ‘Color Adjustment’

‘Ethnic Notions’ and ‘Color Adjustment’

In the movie ‘Ethnic Notions’, a description of various ways the African-Americans were treated between 19th and 20th c is given. The movie traces the progression of entrenched stereotypes that lead to the creation of discriminations directed towards Americans of black origin. It does so by presenting a number of brutalized persons that portray the black community as mere savages and faithful maids among other dehumanizing characteristics. Throughout the decades, the African-Americans in the American societies were obliged to pass through numerous prejudices rooted deeply in some stereotypic perceptions. Decades after the establishment of civil rights movements, some of these stereotypic cognitions still exist in the American societies. The movie ascertains and recognizes the foundation and consequences of these stereotypes that are starting to engulf the American societies.

Many people thought that with the end of slavery and the subsequent establishment off civil rights movements, most of these vices were effectively eliminated. From the movie scenes, however, stereotypic names such as ‘boy’, ‘girl’, ’uncle’ and ‘paper shakers’ are still dominant in some of the U.S societies. The movie scenes also explains the origin of racial consciousness in the U.S and the subsequent reduction in the dehumanizing treatment of the Americans of black origin. Through the movie ‘Ethnic Notions’, one can easily position each stereotype factually in white society’s fluctuating necessities to validate racist subjugation from slavery to the contemporary societies. The movie’s treacherous images depicts an extorted overwhelming tax on African-Americans that is continuously undermining the relations between races.                     

The movie ‘Color Adjustment’ also gives a considerate analysis of the African-Americans from the demeaned stereotypes of ‘Amos n Andy’ to the elusive, more deceptive ones of the ‘Frank’s Place’. The movie traces decades of American race relations especially in the media industry, analytically scrutinizing the racial myths and stereotypes predominant in some societies in the U.S. The movie, just like ‘Ethnic Notions’ gives a magnificent analysis and discovery of the America’s ethnic consciousness that can be traced back over the decades. The story, as depicted in the film shows how black Americans were stereotypically treated and viewed as an impediment to the mythical American dream.

The movie further demonstrates how television networks successfully managed to captivate the discordant ethnic skirmishes into commercial benefits. The film shows a passionate, witty and dynamic African-Americans who are determined to succeed in the television n networks despite the apparent prejudices. The movie, ‘Color Adjustment’ though very appealing and captivating, is equally insightful. The film helps the contemporary American societies to comprehend the racial implication of the country’s television network. The movie further assist the American television viewers to do a reexamination of the American societies’ approaches towards race.                            


A number of things have changed since the completion of the movie ‘Color Adjustment’ in 1991. For instance, a number of African-Americans are currently featuring in most television networks dismissing some of the ancient racial stereotypes. In fact, the black communities are increasingly becoming more represented in pop culture compared to other ethnic affiliations in the U.S. A African-American cheerful to be working for a white family as a maid is one of the primary reasons why savage stereotyping dominated the U.S. The role of the political economy and class in generating and transforming these systems cannot be ignored.

While some political regimes encouraged slavery, others allowed the formation of civil rights groups and ultimate abolishment of barbarism. The changing pop genres and technologies presently comprise of more African-Americans undermining the ancient stereotypes. Some older stereotypes have, however survived into the present American system, for example, the inherent belief that black Americans are intellectually ‘poor.’ One of the new stereotype in the U.S is the notion that some races are ‘naturally’ ignorant, gullible and uneducated.