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    Re: Does the media show bias against black people?

    Quote Originally Posted by ashurbanipal View Post
    I posted these two links in response to Sonic:

    Representation and Reality in the Portrayal of Blacks on Network Television News

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    Part of the problem is white privilege. When a white person is depicted doing something wrong, he's thought of as a "bad white person." When a black person is depicted doing something wrong, it's thought of as being typical of black people. The classic study on this phenomenon (which is just slightly more complex than I've sketched here--though what I've said is one well-studied consequence) is Barbara Flagg's "Was Blind, But Now I See," which will be available at good libraries and bookstores.
    That is certainly not my thoughts. If they are yours, seems to me you are the racist one.

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    Re: Does the media show bias against black people?

    Quote Originally Posted by ashurbanipal View Post
    Whenever I've watched it, most of the suspects or perpetrators are African American. Now, in the sense that the people filmed behaved as the film depicts, there is no bias. But the upshot is nevertheless that people seem to get the idea that African Americans behave that way, or tend to behave that way.

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    The second directly addresses "Cops."
    I'm not agreeing that there is an unfair representation of blacks. I don't know anybody who assumes that because they see blacks doing illegal things on a tv show, that every black person does so.

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    Re: Does the media show bias against black people?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    Plus, the program is supposed to be showing real life criminal activity as it happens. It's a "What you see is what is really going on out there" scenario.
    Exactly. So if there are more black people committing crimes in say, New Orleans, then there will most likely be more people on film who are black. Even though I've always seen what I thought was fairly equal representation (I've only seen a few episodes), even if there are more black people I may make sense to the cities demographics.

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    Re: Does the media show bias against black people?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD
    By whose yardstick? Why do you make that assumption? Are you black? Are you white? How do you know what goes on in people's minds? Please 'splain to me "white privilege."
    White privilege is the privilege that white people enjoy to not think about race applying to themselves. And so, if there's a story of a white person doing something bad, he or she is just a "bad person." If there's a story of a black person, a hispanic person, or an American Indian person doing something bad, it's perceived as typical of the people of those races. Or, at least, that's one consequence. I posted, in the section you quoted, the study done on this phenomenon. It's well accepted in academic circles that study sociology and psychology of race. If you have an interest in it, read the book. Or spend a little time on Google scholar. Barbara Flagg has several articles out there that I think are available to the public.

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    Re: Does the media show bias against black people?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic
    I'm not agreeing that there is an unfair representation of blacks. I don't know anybody who assumes that because they see blacks doing illegal things on a tv show, that every black person does so.
    Don't take me the wrong way: I don't think very many people consciously have such thoughts. But there are demonstrable implicit biases that remain. This is one of those implicit or subconscious biases.

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    Re: Does the media show bias against black people?

    Quote Originally Posted by ashurbanipal View Post
    Don't take me the wrong way: I don't think very many people consciously have such thoughts. But there are demonstrable implicit biases that remain. This is one of those implicit or subconscious biases.
    Fair enough, thanks for the clarification.

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    Re: Does the media show bias against black people?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ
    That is certainly not my thoughts. If they are yours, seems to me you are the racist one.
    No, I think they are typical of people who see the show, though they may not apply to all individuals. I'm talking mainly about implicit bias, rather than overt or conscious racism.

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    Re: Does the media show bias against black people?

    Quote Originally Posted by ashurbanipal View Post
    No, I think they are typical of people who see the show, though they may not apply to all individuals. I'm talking mainly about implicit bias, rather than overt or conscious racism.
    What evidence do you have that it is typical of most people? As I said, seems to me you are showing your own prejudice.

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    Re: Does the media show bias against black people?

    If anything, I'd say the media is biased in the favor of black people. Nowadays, if you see some loving family on a commercial, it's a black family. Apparently they bitched long enough about how the media is white-centric, so now they have to remake the Cosbys in order to appease consumers.

    In the USA show Psych, guess which one is the bumbling guy - the white guy or the black guy?

    In any commercial with a white man and a black man, it's the white guy saying something stupid while the black guy sounds like the voice of reason.

    Yeah, biased against blacks. Sure...

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    Re: Does the media show bias against black people?

    If anything, we see negative portrayal of middle-aged white men, who are regularly portrayed as stupid and weak.
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