In terms of the progression of my research, I have had a productive experience in finding new, investigative sources for repurposing. As this point in time, I am looking through the rhetoric that’s presented by both online blog and news sites, as to how The Butler may have indeed misrepresented the social standing and events of the Civil Rights Movement in 20th century America. Although most of my research focuses on non-numerical information, such as research reports from American professors regarding the dangerous historical inaccuracies presented in The Butler, I have also found myself searching for varying quantitative information for my repurposing project as well.
According to the various labor statistics models I’ve researched, the Real Median Household Income for Whites during this 1967-2012 period sits at $57,009, while African Americans earned $33,321 over this same period of time. Those who point to this income gap of nearly $24,000 less earned by African American households in this span have made questionable arguments regarding why exactly such an income disparity exists, often pointing to a perceived lack of motivation or effort on the part of the African American workforce nationwide. I believe, as a whole, that the rhetoric presented in The Butler makes similarly precarious arguments as a film.
As it relates to the various levels of research I’ve been tasked with performing in the past, I would say that this particular research process has been more about me heavily focusing on blogs and online magazines, such as sources like Rolling Stone Magazine, rather than those “strictly academic” types of sources. I am incredibly excited to go outside of the box throughout the repurposing process, and as a whole would like to stray away from the more academically inclined sources, and gain a broader perspective on the general public opinion on The Butler.