Gender And Race In The Shield

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Register to read the introduction… Mike Chopra-Grant discuss' how whilst the show recognises the distribution of power among different ethnic groups and between the sexes in a progressive multi-cultural society, it still nevertheless reasserts the conservative vision of the white male hero as the ultimate guarantor of social order.’ (The Law of the Father, the Law of the Land : Power, Gender and Race in The Shield – 2007) This will affect a large number of racial minorities within the USA. The show does offer us a powerful black woman with Detective Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder). The drug dealers are black, a number of the heavy drug users are white as seen in the pilot episode, where one such drug user kills his partner and then sells his child to a paedophile, for drugs. The show creates commentary as to the issues of race within the police force, when Aceveda acknowledges how the other officers feel to him gaining his position as the Captain of the Farmington district ‘‘ I know what everyone here thinks, came time to name a new captain, I was the right colour, at the right time.’’ However inappropriate this method of promotion may be, it does acknowledge that ethnic groups are being noticed and recognised and even more so the importance of that …show more content…
The over-all feel of the show and it's various taglines, 'The road to justice is twisted'. The show itself is based upon a real police corruption. The intimacy the audience is given with the characters, assist in whether they feel their actions are justified, we often see images of the officers at home, whether that be with their families or on their own. Police corruption is going to be in the forefront of most people's minds especially after such a public event like the rampart scandal. The show settle's the public anxiety by not supporting the renegade officer Mackey. Season one of 'The Shield' may not provide any opportunities for promotion for the Mackay but his actions are more often than not, screened as heroic. This in turn promotes the effectiveness of police brutality and its usefulness as a crime fighting technique. A conversation in the pilot episode between Wyms and Aceveda illustrates the effectiveness of Mackay's brutality. Wyms comments that, 'as long as Mackey’s producing on the street he’s got friends ; Gilroy, even the chief'. Aceveda describes Mackay and his rookie style as 'Al Capone with a badge'. Wyms summarises the effectiveness of this over-all brutality and how it eases the cultural anxiety of police

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