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minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
Someone commented on jezebel that it's because in America, it's possible that the majority white population empathizes more with people who are "like" them. I find this to be extremely likely, considering when people don't hear about the horrible humanitarian crimes perpetrated by Israeli's on Palestinians (one of a thousand examples I could give) with U.S. funding, it doesn't bother them. But if we mentioned that a significant portion of the Palestinian population was Christian, some people might get uncomfortable that they weren't paying attention to people that were "like" them. Similarly, Palestinians are non-white - Israeli's are 80% European. You could apply this to many situations that the media exploits and people ignore because it happens somewhere ELSE to "Others".
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
stephly-- your comment reminded me of an episode of Without a Trace that I saw a while back, maybe last year. Anyways, there were two kids missing at the same time. A white girl involved in prostitution and its ilk and a black boy involved in some computer-hacking scheme to provide for his estranged father. The white girl's family was supported and assured every step of the way and constantly kept up to date with the latest happenings. The mother of the black boy tried her hardest to work the media circuit, but the white girl's story was always chosen of her son's. Competing press conferences always would result in the white person getting more attention than the black person. That is so wrong to me, that it's just sickening.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
ITA w/the Jezebel article. This issue came up during the whole Natalee Holloway crapload of news. There was a missing pregnant Hispanic woman at the same time. She got very little publicity compared to entire shows, especially on Fox News, dedicated to Holloway. And yes, it was quite an issue for Americans to pay attention to due to the whole idea of traveling abroad, however this woman was PREGNANT. Hello people?! How does the story about a missing (relatively)rich teenager who went to a tropical island for vacation compare with a freakin' pregnant woman? Because she was white. Some news outlets tackled this question and the answer was that network TV producers make the final call on what to show the viewers-- what they want to show and what they think the viewers will want to see. TV producers are largely white and affluent, therefore they look out for their own. Unfair as it sounds, I think that anyone would look out for their own race first. It's just the law of human nature, nothing necessarily wrong with it as long as it's not taken further than an unintentional slip-up. There needs to be more TV producers of color. We have made great strides in having many people of color in the media, but are largely underrepresented in the producer ring.
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
Yet when a white kid brings a gun into school, we have national media coverage about it for a month discussing psychology and bullying and parenting, etc. etc. The only time I've seen a black assailant in the national media from a school shooting or attempted shooting was back in 2004, and it hit Fox for maybe 2 days - long enough for Bill O'Reilly to call the kid a gangster wannabe and dismiss it. That kid didn't get any psychological analysis, that's for sure. At least not on the level of national media. Wealthy, attractive people are what sells - according to the national media, they tend to be white. Black children who have been abducted or disappeared never make the national news, but white children do at a higher rate. I honestly think all reports of these are exploitation of every family's grief in that situation, regardless of race class or gender. However, there are definite discrepinsies in how these are reported on by national media. Look at our uniform depictions of black men involved in crime, for instance, compared to wealthy white men who get in trouble for white-collar crimes. The media uses what sells, and no one wants to hear about a wealthy black man who embezzled money any more than they care to hear about a poor black man who built a shelter for women escaping from domestic abuse in the hood. That doesn't sell.
kia kia 9 years
I was wondering the same thing myself stephley. I wonder how much law enforcement influences the coverage of these stories. There are huge national coverage differences in missing women of color versus white women. I think the same thing extends to other stories as well... school shootings for example. Black and hispanic kids get shot up around schools more than people may realize.
stephley stephley 9 years
I don't remember any 'should we cover this one but not that' discussions in any newsroom where I worked. I have seen cases where people got more fired up about a story when they saw the victim was especially attractive or came from a wealthy neighborhood. The CBS story that Jezebel cites is weird in that it starts talking about missing women, then references cases of black women shot to death at work and then talks about black women possibly not wanting to report abuse to police because they're more worried about what the police will do to the men. I wonder if the discrepancy in reporting has anything to do with which cases the police pass on to the media.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I think those statistics might be true for nationwide coverage, but in my hometown, we recently had a few disappearances, an older white woman and an older black woman and they got equal press. *shrug* Guess it depends on the area?
stephley stephley 9 years
I'm not totally in love with the Wesley Clark as veep idea, but it could make for some intense debate on the war.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
I found this statistic very puzzling.
"Black women ages 25-29 are about 11 times more likely as white women in that age group to be murdered while pregnant or in the year after childbirth."
em1282 em1282 9 years
That Jezebel article is pretty interesting. I've read other articles on that idea, and I'm pretty puzzled over it...
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