Is racial bias shown in the media?
Since the beginning of time, we have all seen racial profiling, racial bias, and racism in general all around. There have been many Black Live Matter movements, like the one we are experiencing this year, many riots, protests, and other public notices brought to our attention throughout past years. But why are we not getting our point across to the whole population? Why do we think racism is still happening today based off African American culture and status; socially, economically, etc. The media seems to continue their content on black individuals while gaining an audience as time goes on. The black population has not only been discriminated from job opportunities, education, scholarships, and other everyday examples, we also see African Americans struggling through the public media. We need to bring awareness that never fades, we deserve to be equal no matter the color of our skin! Police brutality is at an all time high for the black population in regards to unnecessary arrests, random searches of people, and aggressive behavior from one to another. Black people are also featured a ton in high school sports teams, leading into college teams, and then moving on to major leagues. Because of the social racial indifferences, individuals believe blacks have athletic talent that whites do not show. Sadly, sports teams did not draft black men for their teams because of this stereotype. Seeing a black man playing on a popular team was known to be entertainment years ago. What is this world we live in? Outside of public matters, black men are also seen to be MIA in parenting. I don’t know your family aspect, but I know many people who have white dads that are not in the picture as well. President Barack Obama (2008) also spoke about the stereotype agreeing that majority of fathers who chose to be distant in their children’s life, are usually black. Sadly, these are only a handful of examples that lead to racial bias. Individuals experience this on a personal level everyday and less than half of it is broadcasted on the media.
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