This morning, while at work, I stumbled across the website of a local newspaper in a neighboring county. I didn’t realize that it was a newspaper until I noticed a few links to articles about the latest crimes, all violent. I had a bad feeling, but I wasn’t too surprised. All crime reports involved young black male suspects.
I took another look at the layout of the article links. I noticed a glaring disparity. Most of the reports involving black people or the black community involved violent crime. All featured mug shots of the suspect. Only one news article focused on a rising, black female politician. All links had photos underneath.
Furthermore, stories involving the community either featured black and white people or just white people in their pics. Half of the stories were either neutral or positives. But most stories exclusively on blacks were about crime.
As soon as I left, I went to Google News. It was no better over there! It was somewhat worse.
This time, most articles where white people were center stage were somewhat mostly positive. But, on the other hand, stories about blacks were all negative. Politics, celebrity and sports topics all had something negative to report regarding a black person or black people.
Sometimes it makes me wonder. Are we really that terrible? Are white people really that fantastic, or is there more to it?
Why should I care? After all, most of the news media is owned and operated by white males. So, I shouldn’t expect anything more.
Yet, I do care. I care, because so much reporting seems to matter whenever a brotha shoots somebody. When that happens, it is among the first things you see on TV or read in print media.
Yet, if someone was saved from danger by a black person, if there were gatherings and shows that feature positive black adults and youth or if black people actually do something deemed as positive, would the news media care? And if perchance it does get attention, how much will it get?
From what I’ve seen and read, any kind of positive news regarding blacks are few and far between with little coverage and limited circulation. But, have a brotha rob someone at gunpoint or do a drive-by shooting, and reporters will dog-pile on it as if it was the last, biggest, juiciest piece of steak they’ve ever seen.
So, does that mean black positivity is rare as hell? According to those who watch the news religiously, it does.
People gullible and naïve enough will take the news as objective sources of information. That means that if you had four articles about just as many shootings by just as many brothas as opposed to zero articles about any sort of white crime and focus on those stories for a certain amount of time, you would think that black men are the cause of so much crime.
Plus, your racist stereotype threats are confirmed, and when you feel right, you may feel high and mighty. You may feel it is your obligation as a good citizen to tell black people to get their shit together and learn from your people’s example. After all, no white crime was reported. So, that means white people are not as criminal prone.
Or are they?
Studies and statistics have shown that most crime – violent crime in America is caused by whites, at least 60 to 70 percent of all U.S. crime. But hold on a minute, if that were true, then why is it most crime reported in the news is committed by blacks? If they are most of the suspects you see on local and mainstream news, and most front page articles are about black crime, why would one conclude that whites comprise most of America’s criminality?
Before you know it, the words “racist (against whites), liberal media, black-on-white crime” will sooner or later emerge from their temper tantrums. But I digress.
In any case, think about it. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that (1) the news media is indeed racially biased in favor of whites against blacks and (2) that just like there are studies that highlight the overrepresentation of blacks as violent suspects and criminals, wouldn’t it mean that at the same time, it underreports white crime?
I don’t have any information, nor can I seem to find any data to support this, but if anyone out there has some or knows where to look, holla at me.
I remember a comment a while back in another blog from a person describing a rape case. A well-to-do white male was charged with rape. However, it was never reported in the local media. It seemed like the family of the suspect convinced the local media off to keep quiet about the case as they have some sort of connection with one another. So, the whole thing was largely kept private.
I also remember a former white female friend telling me how she was gang raped by a group of white males. The horrific crime was never reported.
So, is the news media racial biased? Does it have a warped fascination with black pathology? Does it protect the interests and self-esteem of whites? Does it care if their “If it bleeds, it leads” mantra is contributing to stereotyping a community helping to convince its white viewers that the criminal black man is real and proliferating? Has this bias contributed to racist policies, inhuman treatment and indifferent and murderous attitude that so many black people find themselves victims of?