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.