African American Media Manipulation

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The Impact of Media Coverage and Manipulation among African Americans Media coverage is where specific resources of information and statistics are represented by the media either by press releases, broadcast televisions, magazines, or radios. Ever since technologies such as the radios, televisions, cell phones, and computers were implemented, our modern society has been heavily shaped by the media. While many people think that the media controls resources of information that enhances our knowledge by providing us with unbiased information, it has the ability to change a person’s mentality through the power of persuasion, exaggerations, and unrealistic advertisements. Moreover, the media is also to blame for negative traits that people have …show more content…
During this period, there was intense racism in Los Angeles where African Americans were viewed as dangerous people. African Americans had little to no freedom because if they left their neighborhood to go to a white neighborhood like Lynwood and Alameda, they would get interrogated like a criminal. In the documentary, Peralta shows the Watts Riot of 1965 as an example of urban unrest. According to Healey (2013), he compares race riots during the 19th century and the urban unrest of 1965 by expressing that it “consisted largely of attacks by blacks against the symbols of their oppression and frustration” (p. 256). The causes of the Watt Riot of 1965 were de facto segregation and discrimination. Police discrimination resulted into many African Americans having a feeling of hatred that would explode during the Watts Riot in 1965. The concept of urban unrest is represented in today’s society through the verdict of the Ferguson case. As a result of people finding out that the police officer Darren Wilson, would not be charged for killing Michael Brown, there were many people that were angry, and subsequently, rioted in …show more content…
The Black Panther Party organized breakfast programs, education, and protection to the African American community against police brutality. After the Black Panther Party was dissolved by the FBI in the 1970s, gangs such as the Crips or Community Reforms Inter-Party Service replaced them. They had the same constitution of the Black Panther Party, but because of the stagflation that occurred during this time, the economy collapsed and many African Americans were unemployed. As a consequence, the Crips began resorting to gang violence which resulted into many African Americans being killed. Peralta interviewed many former Blood and Crip members who explained that the reason why people join the gang is because they are seeking protection, trying to make financial needs, and want to be part of a family. This is similar in today’s society because when most future gang members were young, they had to face many negative social, economic, and cultural factors where they were victims for most of their life. Even since the 1980s, the police benefited from gang violence because they would get promotions and media support as the amount of police brutality involving African Americans has increased exponentially. As a result of the amount of cases that involved police brutality, such as the incidents of Rodney King,

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