Black Is The New Black Essay

772 Words Nov 12th, 2015 4 Pages
For this mini sociological activity, I watched an episode of “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix on Monday, November 9th from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Before watching the episode, I created a chart listing the possible racial-ethnic groups that could appear in the episode. Then as I watched the episode, I took a tally of the number of characters that belonged to each racial-ethnic group and wrote down words that described the characters of each racial-ethnic group and how they were portrayed. While watching an episode of “Orange is the New Black”, I observed a total of 42 characters: approximately 50% of which were Caucasian, 29% were African American, 17% were of Hispanic background, and 5% were of Asian background. I also found that most of the characters were portrayed stereotypically according to their race.
The portrayal of the Caucasian characters fell on both extremes of the social and economic spectrum. For example, one of the main characters, Piper, is white with blonde hair and blue eyes. She comes from a wealthy family and has a college degree. Another main character, Alex, is also white, but does not come from a wealthy family; however, she obtained wealth for herself by selling illegal drugs. Even though she had no family, she still had the luxury of traveling the world and staying in expensive hotels. Contrastingly, Pennsatucky, another white character, was a meth addict and is uneducated and grew up in poverty. She would most likely be associated with the terms…

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