America, lately, has been largely divided by race and people who are fighting the idea of being “politically correct.” As we saw in the three news coverages during our screening, American media’s views of the disruption of black lives is largely unchanged, save for language. From ’65 to ’92 to present time, critiques of riots still remain large and the focus is still on looting and anger, rather than reform and understanding. It’s interesting to consider the space we are living in now—many times people will argue that this is a better America, a less racist one. But is being less racist, but still racist, a huge step forward? I’d say no. Any form or racism or prejudice shouldn’t be accepted, yet here we are after Ferguson, after Baltimore, after Sandra Bland, after the teenagers at the pool party in Texas, left wondering why the words thugs and looters is equated to a single group. Reports in the media are largely biased and untruthful (Faux News is a good example of that).

How do we combat this? I think Media Killa was an amazing idea to flip the camera on to the media and show the inherent biases and make the media uncomfortable for once. What one of the reporters said was very telling—I think it was something like, “I don’t know, I just report.” We need to change the attitudes of our media, as well as our consumer, to educate and research before speaking, before consuming. There is a lot of work to be done.

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2 responses »

  1. lagray700 says:

    I totally agree with your statement: “But is being less racist, but still racist, a huge step forward? I’d say no”. I get really bothered by when people say “Well, we aren’t as racist today as we were 100 years ago..” or variations of that statement, because it’s just not correct; there isn’t any more or less racism, rather, racism has changed. I read a piece called “What is Racial Domination?” by Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer and the authors talked about how “we have to ponder the the essence of racism today, noting how it differs from racism experienced by those living in our parents’ or grandparents’ generation” and we should think about “What enables racism to reproduce itself after the historical conditions that initially gave it life have disappeared”.

  2. sjendoubi17 says:

    I agree that flipping the camera on the media is essential especially in a time where media is biased and is often used to manipulate the public. I feel like programs that are similar to Media Killa, where (and are) shows like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. I’m really intrigued to see how those shows continue to critic the media now that Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are no longer at the helm. Will they be as poignant? Or will they continue to push the boundaries, and explore uncharted territory?

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