Is modern media implicitly affecting the black community?
by John Snow on October 22, 2015 - 12:37am
In Kirsten West Savali’s article (The root, June 2 2015), the author argues about the ambiguity that surrounds our social media and the touchy subject or racism. She starts off by quoting Malcom X from one of his speeches where he says that if you believe everything said in the media, you will end up despising the despised and supporting the oppressors. The author uses this example to depict the time when black people did not have the same rights than white people. As for today, she feels that the situation did improve, but that racism is still in people’s minds in a more implicit way. She uses today’s media to illustrate her idea that Medias still support white supremacist beliefs maybe not even intentionally. To prove her point, she mentions several studies that have been done regarding a certain racial bias in domains like health care or law, and many of them ended up with positive results. Namely, ‘’Project implicit’’ by students at Harvard university that concluded that 88 percent of Americans have implicit racial bias towards black people. She concludes by saying that there needs to be a change in the situation of racial bias in the Media if we want to have a totally equal society.
In my opinion, I agree with the author because I think that even if we are greatly improving in the field of racism, there is still work to be done in order to have a completely equal society. Even if explicit discrimination occurs less and less in our society, people still have a certain restraint to fully open themselves to black culture. A great example of this bias is in the field of modelling. Given that a mere 8 percent of all models are African American, it shows that it is really hard for them to make a name for themselves in the industry because white criteria of beauty are so engraved in our society that there is hardly any place left for other traits. Even models from a different ethnicity need to have white traits.
West Savali, K. (2015, June 2). Throw Away the Script: How Media Bias Is Killing Black America. Retrieved from http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2015/06/how_media_bias_is_killin...