If students are not trained to ask basic questions about the images which confront them, if they are not asked to examine the knowledge and assumptions which they already possess, they are being denied the opportunity to develop the most simple and essential critical tools.
Marlon Troy Riggs was a black gay filmmaker, educator, poet, and activist. He produced, wrote, and directed several documentary films including Ethnic Notions, Tongues Untied, Color Adjustment, and Black Is... Black Ain't. His films were a form of media literacy education for viewers who got opportunities to consider how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and reflect on how stereotypes shape personal and social identity. Through looking at past and present representations of race and sexuality in the United States, Riggs was able to offer a poetic and humanistic reflection on media's complex role in our daily lives and the need for compassion and empathy in our intersections with others.