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.
There are many instances where minorities are not given the chance to prosper in American society. The same system that promises all men equal opportunity has turned its back in the face of minorities. We plan to examine some segments of this system, namely the media and the criminal justice system, exposing injustices burdening minorities in America. The media, in particular broadcasting news, has catered to stereotypes of non-whites by over-representing minorities as the assailants in violent crime. These types of practices are clearly detrimental to the advancement of those who have been handicapped by the ignorance of the past.
Discussion of police practices and questions of their authority are unique to the Sentinel because of their dominantly black audience. In other newspapers police brutality was mentioned, but according to “Burn Baby Burn,” the white residents of Los Angeles were “blithely unaware” of the extent to which police had domination and power of fear over these communities and so could not relate to the distrust and resentment towards police. “A Tale of Two Riots” further evokes the leadership role of government social programs when it discusses the unequal opportunity blacks have for upward mobility (Pleasant). Because of an inequality in income, housing, and salaries there are many more blacks in poor communities.
I would answer this question by first thinking about all the factors that causing this fear of African Americans and then I would then decide which factors have the most impact. Based on the reading, the media is over reporting on crime committed by African Americans but underreporting African Americans as victims. So somehow the media needs to be balanced with both types of reporting or people can take the initiative and show the world how victimized African Americans really are. Next the lies perpetuated by society need to be exposed and finally everyone needs to fight against this injustice. Question 2: How would you feel if no matter what you did or said, people feared you because of your skin color?
Network news appears to convey more stereotyped impressions, a narrower range of positive roles for blacks than for whites. Representations of whites in network news are more varied and more positive than of blacks, not because of conscious bias, but because of the way conventional journalistic norms and practices interact with political and social reality. The findings raise questions about the journalist ability to represent the reality of black America while adhering to the professional practices that currently shape network news. Mainstream news portrayed African American as criminals, homeless beggars, welfare queens, ghetto-dwelling gang members, or drug addicts in American Society. Perpetuation of young black men as dangerous has been planted in the mind of American society not only by words and images projected by journalists but also in the mainstream news especially.
Racism and discrimination continue to be a prevalent problem in American society. Although minorities have made significant strides toward autonomy and equality, the images in media, specifically television, continue to misrepresent and manipulate the public opinion of blacks. It is no longer a blatant practice upheld by the law and celebrated with hangings and beatings, but instead it is a subtle practice that is perceived in the entertainment and media industries. Whether it’s appearing in disparaging roles or being negatively portrayed in newscasts, blacks continue to be the victims of an industry that relies on old ideas to appeal to the majority. The viscous cycle that is the unconscious racism of the media continues to not only be detrimental to the white consumers, who base what they know about blacks by what is represented in television, but also the black consumers, who grow up with a false sense of identity.
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.
Eventually, it is civilization that is most damaged if racial profiling outcomes continues to drive individuals to lose their assurance in law enforcement, the criminal justice system, the education system and other institutions. Mistrust and fear cause challenges to resolving the issue of racial profiling of the future and the past. Racial profiling has improved public harmony and consistency (Rivera,2008).The court of law have steadily unsuccessful recognized the link between demonizing African Americans, as a means of justifying the establishment of bondage, and racial profiling observed and used by police in modern American civilization. Historical beliefs that technologically advanced to continue the oppression arrangement remain; these beliefs base themselves on the proclamation that African Americans have characteristics of lawbreakers that should be under continuous distrust (Rivera, 2008). The disgrace of misconduct emotionally involved toward African Americans by the white culture was established as a means of common governor over the imprisoned and later liberated African Americans.
Blacks still aren 't treated as equals, along with numerous different races. Today, in our society, being African American and being somewhere at the wrong time could wind up going to jail, because "blacks" are placed in that type of category that they steal, kill, shoot, and cause chaos. Sometimes, it doesn 't seem to come across as racist to some people, jut like placing asian 's in the category, that they 're generally smart because that 's how Asians are. As much as we want to seem like we have control over this topic, racism is still a major issue today. Racism has been utilized as weapons and to cause harm, during numerous wars, some wars were even started because of the race, for example, Hitler started the war about the Jewish people.
Racial profiling has been one of the main causes of the tensions in communities with their police. The officers they believed they once trusted in a community, far from a white police officer and black victim crime, they are now skeptical and thinking, “If they attacked a black/white guy for no reason they’ll attack me.” This type of crime also brings up different combinations of racial tensions that were thought to be left behind in history. Racial profiling, as well as profiling based on religion, ethnicity and origin, continues to plague our nation despite the constitutional guarantee of equality. Evidence of widespread racial profiling, shows that African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to be stopped and searched by police, even though they’re less likely to be found with illegal possessions or crimes. “Critics argue that under the sole-factor definition, a hypothetical officer who routinely stops African-Americans for rolling stops or obscured license plates but does not stop Whites for the same infractions is not technically engaging in racial profiling because a reason other than race can be used to justify the stops” (Protecting Civil Rights 159).