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Racism in the News

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 12:43 pm
by michaelhobson
Apparently white people "find" stuff and black people "loot" stuff. :evil: Unbelievable!!!

Hey there, some of you might be interested in the "objective" reporting on the current flood crisis in the US.

Spot the difference: ... oma_photo1

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 12:48 pm
by veganmadre
i didn't even click on the links....i would be soo disgusted that i would probably be angry for the rest of the day and ....ugh. :evil:

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 12:53 pm
by nobbi
This shows again that you can twist the reality with only one simple word.

Unbelievable indeed!!!

:idea: Maybe the white guys looted the bread and soda from the black guy!!!

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 1:47 pm
by V VII Hero
dude i totally watched tv last night and they showed a think on ppl stealing shit from stores in the flood. and everytime they said "LOOT" they showed african americans. it was nuts. I was like come on ppl and animals are dying, and ur still gonna continue to be racist?

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 3:07 pm
by michaelhobson
Another set of pics posted by Daniel on Vegan Fitness:

There are many examples of this:

A white man "gathers supplies from a Wal-Mart store." ... 0443/print

A black man holding first-aid and hygiene products is "looting the store." ... 1754/print

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 4:16 pm
by Richard
Columbus found america too, he didn't loot it

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 4:59 pm
by jonathan
Richard wrote:Columbus found america too, he didn't loot it

brilliant! in the same way that Bush 'liberated' iraq, and didnt plunder it!


Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 5:37 pm
by brendan
Yup, this has been circulating around my J-school. It's pretty ridiculous, just like when a pretty, upper-middle-class, white girl goes missing, and the news media make it a lead story as if it's some rare occasion, while similar situations involving people of other races or socioeconomic status get overlooked. It is a cause of concern for people in the profession, I assure you, even though it is widespread throughout major news outlets.

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 5:42 pm
by Richard
I hate it when I am watching the news and they specify the race of a person. Not only that, but they don't specify it when the person is white / caucasian. So they'll say like 'Today a black man was hit by a car'. But if the guy was white, they'd say 'Today a man was hit by a car'. It's like, what does it matter... You don't say 'Today a man with brown hair and blue eyes was hit by a car'. That's irrelevent.

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 5:46 pm
by brendan
Yeah, that bothers me, too, Richard. White seems to be the default race, with every other ethnicity needing to be qualified as a deviation from the "norm." It's irrelavant.

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 5:47 pm
by Richard
"Today a man with one leg slightly shorter than the other was hit by a car"

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 5:59 pm
by brendan
"Rain could not dampen the spirits of junior high student Shelly Long. The 12-year-old, who suffers from a bad case of cystic acne and a Roman nose she inherited from her father, won her school's annual potato sack contest amid three inches of torrential downpour yesterday afternoon."

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:01 pm
by brendan
Oh, speaking of insensitivity with Hurricane Katrina coverage, I thought you guys might be interested in seeing some bad headlines that have run in the news:

Katrina and the waves,, ... 14,00.html

New Orleans is the Big Empty (from an NPR affiliate)

New Orleans is the Big Uneasy (from Fox News Channel)

The Big Uneasy (Tyler, Texas, Morning-Telegraph)

Kat-astrophe (Daily Journal of Johnson County, Ind.)

Kat-astrophic (The Beacon News of Aurora, Ill.)

Mississippi drowning (again, on timesonline)

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:26 pm
by chesty leroux
people are so lame.

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:37 pm
by brendan
One of my journalism professors, who teaches cross-cultural journalism, e-mailed the photographer of the "looting" picture. The photographer wrote back and said if you look at all the photos, plenty featuring whites said "looting" and plenty featuring blacks said "finding." Immediately, it does appear to be biased reporting, but I suppose there could be more context - for instance, did the photographers talk with his subjects to find out one looted while the other found? Also, the two photos appear to show a glaring double standard when juxtaposed, but it makes it slightly less abrasive, I suppose, since they come from separate news agencies and were taken by separate photographers. Meh.