My research will show that African-Americans are over-represented in news reports on crime, and within those stories, they are more likely shown as the perpetrators of the crime than as the persons reacting to or suffering from it. The news media has often been criticized for the way it chooses to portray Latinos and African-Americans. Racial bias is a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons who possess common physical characteristics including, but not limited to color of skin, eyes, and/ or facial features. When turning on the news and glancing through the pages of a local newspaper, ethnic minorities are the central focus of crime stories and portrayed as the prime source of crime in our nation. However, many people within the legal system believe that racial bias in the media also affects the way that crimes are being prosecute and how suspects are being treat.
The Perpetuation of Negative Images of African Americans through Mass Media Works Cited Not Included Why as white people have we been lulled into thinking its safe to be around other white people. Why have we been taught since birth that it’s the people of that other color we need to fear? They’re the ones that will slit your throat (Moore 57). The mass media has played and will continue to play a crucial role in the way white Americans perceive African-Americans. As a result of the overwhelming media focus on crime, drug use, gang violence, and other forms of anti-social behavior among African-Americans, the media is fostering a distorted public perception of African-Americans.
Another idea he questioned is, why are more African American men considered to be perpetrators of crime rather than victims. “There is profuse media coverage of violent crime by African American men, however, the media pay disproportionately more attention to whites and women” (BMCV, pg. 2). The more the media reports on crimes committed by
For as long as I could remember plenty of races are being stereotyped, but African Americans are one of the most frequent racial groups stereotyped against. African Americans have been portrayed on television and other forms of media unfairly and unrealistically. Movies and TV shows have played a major role in stereotyping African Americans, mostly reflecting them as being less intelligent, more vulgar, poor, uneducated, and more violent than other ethnic groups. African Americans have been perceived to be someone they are not in the media, history, and in everyday life. Although some stereotype portrayals made about Africans Americans may have some truth to them many on the other hand are harmful and inaccurate.
In today 's society, discrimination tackles a wide range of structures, from gender inequality to the social class. Everyday people are looked down upon because of their skin or because they may have different beliefs. Racism has been something that has been going on, and has laws passed as a result of it. Despite the fact that laws have been passed due to racism, it still happens today. The generation today, is more open to various races, and as a result of that we have a black president.
(O'Flaherty & Sethi, 2008)Seeing that white criminals’ are ample, this phenomenon seems to be one that is counter to some of the common beliefs of racism; whites don’t like blacks, law enforcement undervalue black safety, and that courts are reluctant to accept black testimony against whites. Form those racial assumption one would assume that white would be eager to commit robberies and other crimes against blacks.
Johnson’s article argues that the implicit bias against African Americans exists observably today. Although Johnson is an African American, his result of the IAT exposes that he also has slight contempt for his own race. In his words, racism happens to black people and through black people simultaneously. The stereotypes that demean black people have also caused them to look down on their own race, and further lead the growth of implicit bias for every American person (Johnson). Furthermore, the implicit bias does not only apply to discrimination against African Americans.
Simpson, Mark Fuhrman and other recent figures have demonstrated that an individual's race may in fact be critical to how they are perceived by the criminal justice system. Through this research paper, I decided to pursue the "evidence" of discrimination to find where it stemmed from, the causes for it, and how it affects the application of justice. After reviewing the theories and statistics regarding minorities within the justice system, there is an easily apparent disparity between the percentage of minorities per population incarcerated versus whites. Minorities have a far greater risk of being a participant in the judicial system through arrest or other circumstances and often receive harsher sentences. And minorities, blacks especially, are at greater risk of being subjected to capital punishment.
These types of practices are clearly detrimental to the advancement of those who have been handicapped by the ignorance of the past. In the first part of the paper we examine the effects of the rise of local news, charting specific studies geared toward presenting its damaging effects. The second section of the paper is comprised of cases documenting apparent discriminatory treatment of minorities in the criminal justice system. Racial cues about crime that have been embedded into the minds of the public lead to unfair cynicism about suspects based on race. Practices such as police corruption aimed at minorities highlight this portion of the paper.
This War on Drugs targets black men in many ways including in the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, more serious punishments were implemented for crack distribution (associated more with Black people) than pure cocaine (associated more commonly with upper class White people). Civil penalties as well, like not being able to live in public housing or get student loans, accompany the harsh prison sentences. Michelle Alexander writes of the effects of mass incarceration on Black Americans in the United States. Michelle Alexander explains that the Jim Crow laws from before are functionally equivalent to todays mass incarceration practices. There is a racial disproportion impact of the War on Drugs, which drove the increase of incarceration rates.