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Of course the media is "institutionally racist" !

Of course the media is "institutionally racist" !

There’s been a bit of furore in the UK media after the chief of the Metropolitian police accused the media of racism, specifically reporting/hyping certain crimes more if white victims were involved, as opposed to non-white victims.

Why this comes as a surprise, I don’t know. Victims of crime who aren’t generic “pretty blondes” don’t really get covered in any depth, unless there’s another sensational aspect.

Hell, look at the perennial story of A-level students and their results. Pictures illustrating that tend to be of pretty female blonde students collecting their results. You hardly see any dark-haired women collecting their results, let alone non-white people.

Hell, when the national newspaper of Wales publishes an article headlined However much I love my gay friends, I don’t want them running the country, the problem isn’t just with racism. It’s sexism, homophobia, everything.

In other words, the media, the police, and everyone else are as institutionally racist as society itself. And until society accepts that it is genuinely racist in its thinking, nothing is really going to change.

qwghlm makes this point in a tad more detail than I do, but hey I’ve been busy and snowed under.

3 Comments

  • It has a lot to do with who the media organizations feel the majority audience will relate to. If the bulk of the audience sees themselves (and their families) as whitey mcwhiterton, they're going to react more strongly to anything happening to other whites, because it feels closer to home. "Why, that could be me or my brother/cousin/sister/mother/etc!"

    Unfortunately, most people never think far enough to realize that their brother/cousin/sister/mother/etc could really be ANY colour. *sigh*

    Basically, the media can only be blamed so far. They're a business, and as a business they're going to give the people what they want. And if the people are bigots, so will the media be.

    Now, I'm not saying they should have no responsibility — I feel they damn well should, as they are in a unique position to CHANGE the perceptions of the idiot public to whom they pander. I'm just saying they don't, and I do understand why. From a business standpoint, it makes plenty sense.

  • If Lowry Turner replaced the word 'Gay' with 'Black' she would be arrested for inciting racial hatred, surely. Why should it be any different?

    We need to update the civil rights laws, urgently.

  • Does anyone else find it ironic that in the U.S., blonde chicks are the ones who are portrayed as idiots, and not the brunette chicks who are REALLY graduating summa cum laude? But I'm not one to toot my own horn.

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