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Sketches of Race and the American Story Part 2
July 18, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|by Cormac Doebbeling
Despite ongoing struggles to ensure equitable representation of minority voices in television and film, African American comedians have utilized sketch comedy to skewer systemic racism and raise awareness of the issues afflicting minority-majority communities. By employing diverse casts and writers’ rooms, the shows In Living Color, Chappelle’s Show, and Key & Peele have played integral roles in shaping how the American people perceive race. From a morose ex-con contracted to perform at children’s birthday parties to President Barack Obama’s ‘anger translator,’ each of these sketches use hilarious characters to reflect on serious issues of race that pervade the American story.