Coons, Jayda; Gibson, Angelique
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
White, Southern working-class stereotypes have been relied on in popular forms of media for years as a way to reinforce white supremacy and the idea of a "good" form of white. These stereotypes that highlight American culture's widespread dislike of the working class also display how these issues of class further impact communities of color. In the Fox series Shots Fired, centered around two fatal police shootings of a Black boy and white boy, these stereotypes are omitted, allowing for audiences to see the intersectionality of race and class and how higher powers utilize white supremacy as a form of distraction from the qualities that unite the white and Black working class. The messages and representations in Shots Fired show us how Black lives will not be treated as if they truly matter in American society until the economic injustices of the working-class as a whole are reckoned with.
Thank you to Dr. Chandler Harriss, Dr. Jayda Coons, and Angelique Gibson.
B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.
Critical and Cultural Studies
Teel, Eliana, "Representing whiteness: the omission of white, southern, working-class stereotypes in Shots Fired" (2022). Honors Theses.