The Stereotypes Of Black People Essay

1285 Words Dec 1st, 2016 6 Pages
The stereotypes of black individuals in today’s society is mostly that they are lazy, uneducated, loud, and overly aggressive, not everyone believes this, but enough do. Media chooses to highlight the stereotype that blacks are more dangerous, by making it seem as if they are involved in a higher number of crimes than they actually are involved. Media outlets are able to do this by covering crimes that involve black people at a higher rate than they cover crimes that blacks are not involved. According to a study comparing TV crime reports, and the NYPD’s average arrest rates, media outlets skew peoples’ beliefs on things that may not be factual. For example, 54 percent of murders in 2015 were committed or allegedly committed by black people, while TV crime reports show black suspects 74 percent of the time. Theft is skewed at an even higher rate, with media covering black people involved in thefts 84 percent of the time, while only 55 percent of thefts resulted in a black person being arrested for the crime. Media also portrays suspects differently depending on their race. This was noticeable when Brock Turner a former Stanford swimmer was convicted of raping a woman. When the media covered his story, they almost always showed his “professional” photo with him in a suit smiling, the accompanying headline usually said something along the line of “Stanford Swimmer Arrested, Rape Charges Pending.” Whereas, in the case of Cory Batey who was arrested and charged with rape, most…

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