This book offers a radical challenge to the conventional wisdom concerning racial stereotyping in the United States and demonstrates how apparently progressive programs like The Cosby Show, despite good intentions, actually help to construct enlightened forms of racism.
1. Introducing The Cosby Show 2. Television and Reality: How Real is The Cosby Show? 3. The Success of Cosby 4. Black Experience: Images, Illusions, and Social Class 5. Class and the Myth of the American Dream 6. White Responses: The Emergence of "Enlightened" Racism 7. Black Responses: The Hollow Images of Success 8. Conclusion: Unpopular Messages in an Age of Popularity