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Do Black Representations in Visual Culture effect the outcomes of justice?

I believe this question is hard for some Americans to answer. We know that race effects the justice for African Americans but we defend that it doesn't because we see a handful of African Americans that represent a small percentage that are successful. We tend to think because we have seen some positive images in visual cutlure as Nelson Mandela, Obama, Oprah, Kevin Garnet, Ozwald Boateng and others that race doesn't come into play. Then the case of Trayvon Martin is televised and we the visual representation flashed of negative images that in return effect the outcome of the justice not for Zimmerman but for teh vcitime Trayvon Martin. As a filmmaker it is my responsibility to create an image that will promote unity and not guide individuals of making unconscious decisions because of visual images of the past. That is what needs to be improved in the world.

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    Dec 9 2013: Is America that black and white? What happens to those who are in between? Ideally, justice is blind and it should not be effected by anything visual. If it is it is more a justice debate, not cultural one.
    Can you try creating a film in shadows? Or with as diverse visual representations as possible, like say Peter Brook's Mahabharata.
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      Dec 10 2013: Pabitra,
      You are far enough away to see the forest from the trees. Justices is blind here in the USA... Not to say that she hasn't peeked underneath her blindfold at times. When I was younger there were people who just a generation or two from our civil war. Many people from the losing side... blame the freed slaves and their descendants for their loss of the war. Actually, the war was fought for... you guessed it.... financial reasons. Northern mercantilists and Southern cotton growers were fighting over tariffs. The slavery issues was a populist distraction to give the war more moral credits. Nobody would enlist to fight over other people's money. On the bright side, it did free slaves, on the dark side, it began a slow dissolution of the US Constitution. There are still those who been told racist stories by their elder family members. I am of the opinion, that in another
      generation or two, most all of this will have died out. In the mean time, the justice system must not turn a "blind eye" to infractions. This also means, the Justice system must not fall to every cry of racism, There has been that too. Justice must be fair to all... regardless of race, creed, ....
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        Dec 11 2013: what is justice but an imagined perfection by imperfect people who feel it is their duty to represent it.
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          Dec 11 2013: I see it more as all people receive fair and honest evaluation of alleged violations of social norms or requirements. We appoint/elect those imperfect people to make these judgments of justice of these alleged violations of imperfect people.
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          Dec 12 2013: exaclty Thaddea...

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