The blogging assignment for American Studies this week is to post a cultural analysis of of a recent work of popular culture that constructs race is an intriguing way. Also, by the end of the week you should comment on two of your classmates' cultural analyses. I'll be giving extra credit for those who post their analysis early in the week -- to get the conversation started.
You can look at the guide to writing a cultural analysis that we discussed at the beginning of the year.
In this particular case, your thesis should argue for whether the work of culture supports or criticizes, reinforces or resist dominant ideologies about race in America. In other words, does the work of culture perpetuate or break stereotypes of race? Consider the historical stereotypes we have discussed -- Jim Crow, Sambo, Zip Coon, Brute and Mammy -- but feel free to update those stereotypes with more modern terminology and nuance.