Prejudice and Stereotyping in the Media By RS
How proud we must all be to live in an era of unbiased judgment and true equality amongst all. In a time so prosperous and friendly as now, it’s all we can do to not scoff at decades past for all the bigotry and prejudice existing back in those days of such ancient history. To think of a time when ethnic groups were discriminated against, or poorly represented would mean to be thinking of years before the mid/late 1900s, before the struggle for fair judgment was fought for and won. Or has equality been won at all? After about a week of scanning newspapers and websites worldwide for important news created recently and in the past few years(though some pieces of news are old, their effects can be felt even today), it’s disturbingly evident that indeed, racial biases through representation are still quite existent.
“Muhammad, Malvo indicted in Maryland”, read the newspaper’s top headline(Thursday, June 16, 2005), another read “Hostages fate uncertain”(Monday,October 28,2002).
Based on the text alone, it may be unclear as to what all these major headlines may have in common, but with complementary photographs, it’s quite obvious that all of these headlines share the same theme; any non-white American is pure evil.
The alleged beltway sniper as he/they came to be known, had been indicted as John Allen Muhammad, a black man whose ethnicity was not revealed in detail, was indicted on charges of capital murder, conspiracy to commit capital murder, attempted capital murder, aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in a felony. The name, John Lee Malvo, Muhammad’s probable counterpart, lingered across the pages of the newspapers and the mouths of reporters everywhere as his involvement regarding the beltway shootings was yet to reach a national consensus. If it were John Allen and John Lee under siege for the shootings, it’s doubtful that their prosecutions would have drawn so much attention. But when...