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Publications [#327581] of Lee D. Baker

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  1. Baker, LD, When the “good one” is “baaad”: Modern racism in john singleton’s shaft, Souls, vol. 10 no. 2 (January, 2008), pp. 165-178, Informa UK Limited [doi]
    (last updated on 2022/07/05)

    John Singleton's 2001 version of the blaxploitation film Shaft reinterprets this iconic representation of Black masculinity within an explicit and self-conscious treatment of the problem of racism. The film moves from a powerfully counter-stereotypical opening scene into a nominal indictment of racism that ultimately reinstates overtly racist stereotypes and privileges racist viewpoints. This paradoxical, multivalent representation of race marks an expansion of the trope of “modern racism”: an expansion that articulates with neo-liberal discourses of race. © 2008 The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York.