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Pet Sins March 2005 Issue
Race and Film in the 21st Century

The movies a country produces can tell us a lot about racial dynamics in that particular society. In our April 2001 issue Race in American Animation and our February 2000 issue Interracial Partnerships On Screen, we explored how contemporary films reflect American ideas on race and gender.

The late 20th century have seen an increase in films depicting interracial relationships between people of color. But movies featuring cliched depictions of 'mainstream' interracial pairings and disempowering stereotypes still persist into the 21st century. Nevertheless, there are signs that times are changing, and perhaps one day soon, our society will accept pairings between people of color as readily as they accept the white+other combination that is so popular in film.