Othering the Other: The Spectacle of Katrina for our Racial Entertainment Pleasure


Mariana Ortega
Pennsylvania State University
The following essay examines visual representations of hurricane Katrina in popular media in order to show how photography continues to be enlisted in the production of the racial spectacle, the transformation of the plight of people of color into entertainment. The essay also analyzes how such a use of the visual serves to solidify the understanding of people of color by way of a black-white binary that does not do justice to current U.S. demographics. The essay provides a glimpse into the intertwining between the visual and racial thinking.
Keywords Race as Spectacle  Black-white binary  Racism  photographic representations of race
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