Re-searching my scar: Interrogating otherness in The Searchers and in my racial rearing

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Roy Schwartzman, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This essay juxtaposes the process of “Othering” in the 1956 John Ford western The Searchers with my own indoctrination into White privilege as a child growing up in suburban Atlanta during the mid-to-late 1960s. The film’s stark portrayal of anti-Native American attitudes confronts the problematic construction of the non-White racial “Other” in westerns as a threat to racial and sexual purity. Its relentless pursuit of the implications of racism triggers my own confrontation with the subtle but persistent degradations of African Americans in my upbringing.

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Language: English
Date: 2012
the searchers, John Ford, white privilege, racial purity, cultural studies

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