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Othello and Harlem Duet FormationPerpetuation of racist ideologies Othello -Othello is on the standard curriculum of most high schools Also heavily examined in Universities in a post-colonial context -Brabanzio startled news that O and D were making the beast with two backs and attacks O with his men -Up until Os introduction he is never referred to by name he him the thick lips and the Barbary horse -Iago presents the senator B with the image of a barbarous Moor native of Africa whose bestial sexual appetite has turned him into a thief and rapist -Accusations from B that O used magic to seduce his daughter how else could D be attracted to O without witchcraft -The play however does not present all that many aspects of racist thinking The fear of cultural dilution is inherent in Brabanzios character much like it is in Billies character in Harlem Duet However Iagos dislike for Othello seems mostly based on power struggles and Roderigos seems to be based on jealousy for the fair Desdemona -By having Othello as a Moor however Shakespeare is able to construct a physical trait which seems to parallel his role within the play that of the outsider Harlem Duet -Is it possible for Billie to be called a racist Can minority groups be racist since racism is based on power struggles -Much more centrally focused on the issues of skin colour than Othello is Sears doesnt really take the plot from Othello more the spirit interracial relationships -The play offers the idea of reverse racism of a minority group being prejudice against the dominant white culture -The text offers two sides that of Billie who believes in segregation and seems tied to the teachings of the militant Malcolm X and that of Othello who believes in integration as preached by the passive Martin Luther King Jr By presenting
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