In this insightful book, one of America's leading commentators on culture and society turns his gaze upon cinematic race relations, examining the relationship between film, race and culture. Acute, richly illustrated and timely, the book deepens our understanding of the politics of race and the symbolic complexity of segregation and discrimination.

Lethal Weapons in the Hood

Lethal weapons in the hood

Uncle Zeus: So who are the bad guys?

Cousins: People with Guns. People with drugs.

Uncle Zeus: So who's gonna help you?

Cousins: We are.

Uncle Zeus: So who's not gonna help us?

Cousins: White people.

Uncle Zeus: That's right. (Dialogue between Samuel L. Jackson and his two little cousins, Die Hard With a Vengeance, 1995)

We're back! We're bad! You're black! I'm mad! (Mel Gibson to Danny Glover, ...

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