The Ethical Principle Of Showcasing Sensitivity And Sympathy Towards Political And Cultural Dimensions On The Media 's Representation Of

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The ethical principle of showcasing sensitivity and sympathy towards political and cultural dimensions in the media’s representation of young black men (Ward, 2015, p.75) should be done in such a way to humanize, instead of criminalize, young black men as to minimize harm. In turn, responsible and humanizing media coverage of police harassment of African-Canadians largely acts as a tool of social justice, aiming to reject the stereotyped image of blacks as a danger to white society (Bjornstrom, 2010). The coverage on racial problems sensationalizes individual cases instead of investigating the continuance of police disproportionately targeting young black men in their neighbourhoods (Gentry, 2015, p.4). Furthermore, it can be said that media reports on carding have turned into a eulogy of the fundamental rights and freedoms that we are all equal under the law.
In a discussion with Toronto Star reporter Jim Rankin, who anchored the series Known to Police, which aimed to foster public understanding on the issue of carding from 2010-2014, Rankin says that it actually rooted from a press release he saw in 1999, describing someone as having “yellow skin.” It was police code for Asians and the police had codes for other races as well. “People who felt they were wronged by the police contacted the Toronto Star and told us about their experiences with run-ins with the police. They felt that the police were treating them differently because of what they looked like.” Rankin, who…

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