One thread that was consistently carried throughout all of the articles in both of publications was the economic instability of African Americans as compared to whites and other minorities. The Wall Street Journal highlighted economic struggle as a cause of black violence and crime. In the article "L.A. Riots and the 'Black Tax," Boyce details all the ways in which African American’s are financially disadvantaged, but neglects to discuss any other minority’s financial disadvantage or the lower class of American economy as a whole. Articles such as “"To Prevent Riots, Reduce Black Crime” and "Campaign '92 Absent Agenda” racialize poverty by emphasizing its devastating effects, most prominently, crim...
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The coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots in these two publications varies greatly. The Sentinel addresses a dominantly white society that is actively biased against African Americans while The Wall Street Journal identifies a black society that is innately poor and dangerous. Both publications form these angles through discussions of causality, solutions, and responsibility using economy and leadership as their main avenues of analysis. Though neither of these discourses are entirely truthful and unbiased, one of them may be more harmful than the other. Namely the Wall Street Journal seems to alleviate white Americans and high order politicians of their duty to equality and justice in America leaving African Americans not only responsible for overcoming their own disadvantage but for fixing the issues of an entire race and socioeconomic class.
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