Racial Bias in Media Racial bias in media causes prejudice and discriminatory practices against African-Americans and other minorities groups in America. Today in our society, we are still struggling to overcome racial tension within America because we are over shallow with prejudice and discriminatory images and ideas. Many White Americans feel that the media refuses to report on all crimes committed by blacks against whites, yet report on all crimes committed by whites against blacks. Therefore, they see the media as being not bias. 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.
These media programs operate as psychosocial exploitation agendas. These programs are intended to fracture African Americans’ sense of Black racial identity, commitment, and harmony by enslaving them to images of the most deceptive worst in themselves while persuading them that they respect, value, and trust only Whites. It is a clandestine arrangement of power that secures the prolongation of white supremacy by ensuring that African Americans continue to be the most culturally debased and most economically oppressed people in America. Not only is it in main stream media, but black entertainment is also posing an issue. The media’s incessant battering of the African American consciousness is deliberately adulterating their feeling of cultural cohesion, shaping the fiber of self-hatred, and producing... ... middle of paper ... ... the additional dispersal of this toxin among our people, and we must abolish the control of those who are spreading it.
Toni Morrison and bell hooks: Fighting for Truth In a society where harsh generalization and inaccurate stereotypes of African-Americans are present in everyday life, two authors have attempted to try and make a change in the way whites perceive blacks. In conversations with Toni Morrison and essays written by bell hooks, these authors help the American public realize the socially incorrect views our culture displays. In mainstream American culture and literature inaccurate representations of African-Americans has created false distortions within society. Black Death and blacks role in society has contributed to the negative portrayal of African-Americans in our culture. In bell hooks' essay "Sorrowful Black Death Is Not a Hot Ticket" she examines Hollywood's negative representation of African-Americans in films.
Society has established a massive approach to preserve the notion of white normality. Everything that deviates from this white normality is looked down on. As the privileged class continues to define normality through mass media, African Americans are unconsciously forced into lives cloaked with self-hatred. The misconstrued portrayal of Black America in the media magnifies the negative aspects of the culture to the point that it deforms reality. These media outlets operate as sources of psychosocial exploitation.
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. In The Marrow of Tradition, author Charles W. Chesnutt illustrates examples that signify the thoughts that whites had of and used against blacks, which are still very much prevalent in public opinion and contemporary media. Chesnutt writes, “Confine the negro to that inferior condition for which nature had evidently designed for him (Chesnutt, 533).” Although significant strides have been made toward equality, the media, in many instances, continues to project blacks as inferior to whites through examples observed in television shows, music videos, films and newscasts. According to Poverty & Prejudice: Media and Race, co-authored by Yurii Horton, Raagen Price, and Eric Brown, the media sets the tone for the morals, values and images of our culture. Many whites in American society, some of whom have never encoun... ... middle of paper ... ... model for how the entertainment and media industries depict black people must change.
An example, is in Stevenson’s article where he talks about cruelty of racism black people have to deal with everyday. When they have a higher rate of suspensions for blacks than they do for whites. Some of the connections are from other article like, karimi and Sayers when they talk about how an 18 year old was shot at because of race. He was unarmed and here we are shooting an innocent person. My position on this case is that I 'm trying to show the cruelty of our own white kind and the judgmentalness towards blacks.
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.
Shetterly writes that “the cruelty of racial prejudice was so often accompanied by absurdity, a tangle of arbitrary rules and distinctions that subverted the shared interests of people who had been taught to see themselves as irreconcilably different” (Shetterly). Shetterly, throughout the book, often reminds us that the racial prejudice that black people had to suffer through as a result of the system which influenced the people. In popular culture today, we can see the binary at work in a number of ways. Since the civil rights movement “the linkage between Blacks and crime was galvanized. The stereotyping of Blacks as criminals is so pervasive throughout society that “criminal predator” is used as a euphemism for “young Black male.” This common stereotype has erroneously served as a subtle rationale for the unofficial policy and practice of racial profiling by criminal justice practitioners” (Welch).
In an attempt to maintain control over African Americans southern whites embraced forms of domestic terrorism though lynching and other methods of mob violence in order to keep the issue of race continuously present in the public mind. Justifying these acts as necessities to “keep the Colored man in his place and to prevent Negro domination”, whites maintain power by appealing to popular sentiments defining blacks as violent and out of control (Smith, 47). This popular support allowed almost free reigns of violence against blacks furthe... ... middle of paper ... ...fering Blacks protection the nation gave the impression that “the government under which we are expected live … if necessary, to die, does not offer them the protection commensurate with that devotion and loyaly”7 (Abbot, 1919). The consequence of this cannot be afforded by the nation. America cannot risk losing one eight of its population to lawlessness and treason.
Colorism affects African Americans as a whole via various media outlets. This, in turn, effects the younger generation, and a recurring epidemic ensues. This is hate on hate crime within ones own race. Racism seeps into the cracks of a race that was once themselves discriminated against. Colorism, as defined by Nadra Kareen Nittle, an author of numerous articles and essays about race relations, is “a practice of discrimination by which those with lighter skin are treated more favorably than those with darker skin.” The paper bag test was a device used to determine who could belong, and who could not.