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Master Thesis Year : 2021

Black men and the police



In this essay, I will analyze how black men and black gay men are represented on television, especially in sitcoms, and their representation of their relationship with the police, by taking the example of the show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. By analyzing how American society perceives black men, the stereotypes that surrounds them and then through the analysis of black character in sitcoms, I will paint a portrait of traditional black men and black gay men representation. Then I will analyze the show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, to see how this sitcom manages to be politically involved and comment on social issues of its time, and I will analyze the original channel of the show, Fox, as well, to see if their representation of black people and the police correspond to the one on the show. I will also compare the two black characters of the show, Terry Jeffords and Raymond Holt, to the traditional portrait of black representation that I have established in the first part. Finally, I will analyze previous police sitcoms, in order to see the relationship between the police and minorities in sitcoms throughout time. I will analyze the shows The Andy Griffith Show and Barney Miller, both staple shows of their time. Through their analysis, we will see how minorities are approached and how the police institution is represented. Then, I will analyze specific episodes that relate to police violence against black people, in the shows Barney Miller and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, to see how the subject is treated in those shows and the evolution of the representation of police brutality.
Dans une partie didactique rédigée en français, je présente une séquence possible sur la représentation de l’histoire des noirs Américains à travers l’étude de différentes œuvres d’art.
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Elena Georgievski. Black men and the police: The case of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Education. 2021. ⟨hal-03407460⟩
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