Racial Discrimination In The Media

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Why are the top stories in the news always negative and geared towards pointing out struggle between white and black? Is it because society is only interested in hearing about what is going wrong in the world, or is the media trying to create controversy and increase racial tensions? There are many stories in the news related to racism: police brutality, education, crime; the media has a way of portraying these matters or specific incidents to indicate that America is racist. What might happen if the media, specifically, and society in general, were to focus on the good aspects of our world and the positive sacrifices that individuals make to create a better world? I neither want to be so naïve to say that racism doesn’t exist, nor do I want …show more content…
If the evening news consistently contains reports of police brutality, specifically white police officers against African American citizens, society begins to believe that white police officers are racist towards African Americans. The struggles between the white police officers and the African American citizens depicted in the news creates conflict, a theory also referenced in the “Introduction to Society” which is “often applied to inequalities of gender, social class, education, race, and ethnicity.” The facts of the various police brutality stories disclosed by the media causes an increase in racial …show more content…
The police officer told the kids about the call and said he didn’t have a problem with the kids playing basketball and joined them in their game; the camera on the dashboard of his police cruiser captured him on video interacting and shooting hoops with the kids. Not once in the story was it mentioned that the kids were black and the officer was white - the fact that the kids were black and the officer was white didn’t matter, but if the officer had gone to the scene with a completely different attitude and the video showed any controversy or violence those facts may have been disclosed by the media. Often times the only way to get the media’s attention is for something terrible to happen, something that can be used to further promote perceived

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