"A Long, Long Way:
Hollywood's Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation"
In his new book “A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation,” Austin-based author Greg Garrett examines what he submits are the six phases of Hollywood’s treatment of race to determine whether they led to “useful conversations about race and prejudice, and by trying to become, in the process, anti-racist.” Garrett employs The Birth of a Nation, Casablanca, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Do the Right Thing, Crash, and Get Out as case studies to trace Hollywood’s century-long evolution from preparator of racist stereotypes and content to an industry willing to facilitate stories by and/or about Black Americans but still struggling with the cultural fairness on- and off-screen. “A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation” is now available from Oxford University Press. Greg Garrett, who often dissects pop culture from a faith-based perspective, previously authored “The Gospel Reloaded: Exploring Spirituality and Faith in the Matrix,” “Holy Superheroes! Exploring the Sacred in Comics, Graphic Novels, and Film,” and “The Gospel According to Hollywood.” Garrett also is an English professor at Baylor University who teaches creative writing, film, literature, and theology classes.
Aired: June 25, 2020.