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In black and white. A study of the portrayal of racism in the book, film, and the television versions of H.G. Bissingers´s Friday Night Lights
This essay is about H.G. Bissinger’s non-fictional book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream and its portrayal of racism in connection with a small Texan town’s high school football team. The portrayal of racism in the book will be compared to how two other versions of the story confront the subject, and which version addresses it most effectively. The other versions discussed consist of a Hollywood feature film released in 2004, produced by Brian Grazer and directed by Peter Berg, which bears the name of the book, and the first season of a television series, produced and directed by the same producer and director of the movie, released in 2006, and which also holds the original name (IMDB). Although the blatant racism that Bissinger reveals as the norm in West Texas during his residence in the depressing oil town of Odessa is confronted separately by all three versions, they portray the problem in different ways and are therefore subject to comparison. This essay is going to reveal through evidence, argument and discussion, that it is in fact the original book by the author Bissinger that shines the clearest light on the issue of racism.