Media Coverage And Manipulation Essay

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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…
As a consequence, many African American males are being misperceived as threatening because of their skin color and appearance. For instance, in the text, “Night Walker”, Brent Staples describes his experience where he was misperceived as a threat because he was a young black male. For example, in a dark, deserted, and poor neighborhood in Chicago, a well-dressed white woman quickly crossed to the other side of the street when she saw Staples. This example shows the consequences of de facto segregation because the white woman thought that Staples, a young black male who was six feet tall, with a beard, and wearing a military jacket, was either a rapist, robber, or a murderer. As a consequence of the media’s perception of African Americans, there are many people, outside the ethnicity, that would be afraid of many African Americans at

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