The unquiet memory of the Hollywood Blacklist

Clay Steinman

Clay Steinman has been a reader of Jump Cut since its first issue. His essay “White Racism and The Cosby Show” (co-authored by Mike Budd) appears in Jump Cut 37 (1992). With Mike Budd and Steve Craig, he co-authored Consuming Environments: Television and Commercial Culture (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1999). His essay “Beyond Eurocentrism: The Frankfurt School and Whiteness Theory,” was published in Max Pensky, ed., Globalizing Critical Theory (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004). A former editorial writer for The Nation and activist with the United Faculty of Florida, since 1993 he has taught at Macalester College, where he is a professor of Media and Cultural Studies. In 2012-2013 he is a Fulbright lecturer at Southwest University, Beibei, Chongqing, PRC. Preparation of this essay benefited from the help of colleagues and friends, especially Matthew Bernstein, Mike Budd, Bob Entman, David Itzkowitz, Leola Johnson, and Linda Schulte-Sasse, donor of ambrosia.