When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims

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  1. Zaac

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    After news of Brown's death broke, media-watchers carefully followed the narratives that news outlets began crafting about the teenager and the incident that claimed his life. Wary of the controversy surrounding the media's depiction of Trayvon Martin -- the Florida teen killed in a high-profile case that led to the acquittal of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman -- people on Twitter wondered, "If they gunned me down, which picture would they use?" Using the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, users posted side-by-side photos, demonstrating the power that news outlets wield in portraying victims based on images they select.

    On Monday, Twitter user LordSWVP tweeted out a photo driving home another point: Media treatment of black victims is often harsher than it is of whites suspected of crimes, including murder.

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    This is by no means standard media protocol, but it happens frequently, deliberately or not. News reports often headline claims from police or other officials that appear unsympathetic or dismissive of black victims. Other times, the headlines seem to suggest that black victims are to blame for their own deaths, engaging in what critics sometimes allege is a form of character assassination. When contrasted with media portrayal of white suspects and accused murderers, the differences are more striking. News outlets often choose to run headlines that exhibit an air of disbelief at an alleged white killer's supposed actions. Sometimes, they appear to go out of their way to boost the suspect's character, carrying quotes from relatives or acquaintances that often paint even alleged murderers in a positive light.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/14/media-black-victims_n_5673291.html

    Here are a few examples:



    WHITE SUSPECT

    Ala. suspect brilliant, but social misfit.

    That's how the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal chose to present the story of Amy Bishop, a former college professor who eventually pleaded guilty to killing three colleagues and wounding three others at a faculty meeting in 2010.

    BLACK VICTIM

    Montgomery's latest homicide victim had history of narcotics abuse, tangles with the law.

    And that's the headline AL.com ran about the shooting death of a 25-year-old black man in Alabama earlier this year.

    WHITE SUSPECT

    Son in Staten Island murders was brilliant, athletic---but his demons were the death of his parents.

    This is how the Staten Island Advance covered the case of Eric Bellucci, a mentally ill New York man who allegedly killed his parents.

    BLACK VICTIM

    Trayvon Martin was suspended three times from school.

    Meanwhile, NBC News ran this headline during ongoing coverage of the Trayvon Martin killing.

    WHITE SUSPECT

    Oregon school shooting suspect fascinated with guns but was a devoted Mormon, his friends say

    This Fox News headline quoted friends shocked that 15-year-old Jared Michael Padgett had entered his high school heavily armed and killed a classmate, injured a teacher and took his own life.

    BLACK VICTIM

    Police: Slain Lakeland Teen Had been shot before; Death Possibly Drug Related.

    But in Florida, this headline in the Ledger focused on a police account that made the death of a black 19-year-old seem somehow expected, or at least unsurprising.

    WHITE SUSPECT

    Santa Barbara shooting: Suspect was 'soft spoken, polite, a gentleman', ex-principal says

    In the wake of the mass shooting in Santa Barbara, California, earlier this year, the Whittier Daily News offered a headline showing one man's disbelief that Elliot Rodger could have committed such a crime.

    BLACK VICTIM

    Ohio man was carrying variable pump air rifle-not a toy-when cops killed him: attorney general

    Earlier this month, the New York Daily News ran this headline, carrying comments by the Ohio attorney general that appeared to defend police after killing a black man at a Walmart.

    WHITE SUSPECT

    Ohio shooting suspect , TJ Lane, described as 'fine person'



    This was the headline given to an Associated Press story at Mlive.com about an Ohio teen who later pleaded guilty to a school shooting in which three students were killed and two were wounded.

    BLACK VICTIM

    Deputy killed Marine out of fear for children's safety, officials say

    But when an unarmed father of two was killed by a police officer while entering a vehicle that contained his own children, the Los Angeles Times served up this claim from officials.

    WHITE SUSPECT

    Straight-A Student plots to bomb high school

    In 2008, 18-year-old Ryan Schallenberger was accused of plotting to bomb his South Carolina high school. Ohio's Chronicle Telegram wanted readers to know that he was a straight-A student, running an AP story with this headline.

    BLACK VICTIM

    Shooting victim had many run-ins with the law

    And according to the Omaha World-Herald, this is what you needed to know about Julius B. Vaughn, a 19-year-old gunned down in Omaha last year:

    WHITE SUSPECT

    Bank robbery suspect was outstanding Blue Hills student

    Kerri Ann Heffernan was charged in 2012 in a string of bank robberies and stores. This headline at Wicked Local wonders how she'd come so far from her days as a smart high school student.

    BLACK VICTIM

    Police: Warren shooting victim was gang banger

    Of 22-year-old black man Deon Sanders' killing in Ohio earlier this year, WKBN's headline said "gang member," and that apparently was enough.
     
  2. ShagNappy

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    Absolutely brilliant. Shooting yourself in the foot again. A bunch of white folks with mental problems, left untreated because Democrats had to push the idea that it was mean to lock lunatics up, compared to a bunch of thugs with histories involving violence, drugs, various other crimes, and no signs of mental illness. Brilliance! Apples to pork rinds yet again. You make it easy for us!

    Bring the hate!
     
  3. Zaac

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    Already delivered courtesy of white-privilege.
     
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    Sadly, I am not a fish, and I won't be taking your bait. However, with every instance of hate you spew everyone can see you for what you are.

    The one screeching the loudest about us being horrible "Christians" really should be the one setting the example. Clearly, you know not that which you preach!

    :thumbs:
     
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    Save the angry act for your living room.

    IGNORE.:wavey:
     
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    Getting even more creative with your lies, I see. Not a surprise at all. :sleeping_2:
     
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    :thumbs::thumbs:
     
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    Zaac makes a god out of racism while he says everyone else worships politics. :laugh:
     
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    Naah. Like politics, yall are just upset that I dare point out the problems in the church and in these United States when it comes to race. Some of you have already made a god out of racial prejudice and racism and its attached at the hip to your politics.

    I've stood alone before. So this isn't new territory. :laugh: The One Who has t my back is the only one Who needs to.:flower:
     
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    Keep telling that to youself and keep clicking your heels together, and it might come true.
     
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    Hey as long as yall keep telling yourselves lies, I'm good to keep on keeping on.:thumbs:
     
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    Not every white person is a racist. Not every black person is a gang-banger.
     
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    :thumbs::thumbs:
     
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    It is "Thumbs up" now... and white priveledge racist later.
     
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    Let's keep this thought rolling .... not every black person is a racist. And not every member on this board is a racist! If there is really such a thing as "white privilege" then it is also possible that there is such a thing as "black entitled!"
     
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    You are as guilty as Zaac of stoking the racism fires on this site.
     
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    The racism fires were already stoked on this board. That blind spot just keeps some of ya from acknowledging it.
    And just because yall refuse to talk about certain things in polite society doesn't mean it's not there.
     
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