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Stuart Hall’s Inferential Racism

Stuart Hall’s Inferential Racism

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Stuart Hall‟s Inferential Racism
 Racism is the belief that the members of different races have some certain, inherentcharacteristics which grades people as being either superior or inferior to others. Stuart Halltalks about two groups of racism in his art
icle “The Whites of their Eyes”:
overt racism andinferential racism. Hall defines inferential racism:
“By inferential racism I mean those
apparently naturalised representations of events and situations relating to race, whether
„factual‟ or ‟fictional‟,
which have racist premisses and propositions inscribed in them as a setof 
unquestioned assumptions.
These enable racist statements to be formulated without ever
 bringing into awareness the racist predicates on which the statements are grounded.”
(Hall,13)Overt racism is a concious act to damage a certain group of people. Using a sentance
like “Black people always make trouble”
can be an example for this. It is directly andconciously showing a negative attitude towards the black people. Inferential racism unlike
overt racism is an unconcious act. When we think about black people the idea that “they aretrouble” occur.
This kind of thinking and thoughts are invisible however it is widely spreadover people. They all have accepted the facts of racism which are assumed to be in a certainway and they make certain representations according to it.
“Yet every word and image of such programs is impregnated with unconscious racism
because they are all predicated on the unstated and unrecognized assumption that the blacksare the
source of problem
.” (Hall,13)
As the reproduction of these ideas is considered it is obvious that media has a big role in it.Media reproduces lots of racist ideologies and people see them as normal situations eventhough it is done unconciously. For example we usually do not expect a black person to be the
hero. We expect them to be the “bad guy” or in a supporting role. We will not be surprised to

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