Authorized media agents subject African American men to media surveillance. Black male media imagery of the 1980s facilitates their containment in the 1990s. Our national seeing "eye" compels whites to evaluate African American men in terms of imagery that makes them either negative and unembraceable or positive and embraceable. Black male imagery that African Americans consider positive may be deemed unembraceable by white media agents. The black male imagery they produce contains African American men's subjectivity in white public space, defending white privilege in the process.
American Anthropologist is the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association. The journal advances the Association's mission through publishing articles that add to, integrate, synthesize, and interpret anthropological knowledge; commentaries and essays on issues of importance to the discipline; and reviews of books, films, sound recordings, and exhibits.