“We looked at nearly 1,200 articles and transcripts from the highest circulation newspapers and cable TV outlets across the country to better understand the portrait that mainstream media paints of contemporary racism,” said Race Forward research director Dominique Apollon. “The majority of coverage gives readers the impression that racism is simply a personal failing, or even worse, that racism is no longer a problem at all."
The seven harmful racial discourse practices include:
- Individualizing Racism
- Falsely Equating Incomparable Acts
- Diverting From Race
- Portraying Government as Overreaching
- Prioritizing (Policy) Intent over Impact
- Condemning Through Coded Language
- Silencing History
Our Multimedia Producer Jay Smooth created a video to kick off the analysis, and to help recognize these harmful practices. We hope you'll watch, share, and discuss the report and video!
President and Executive Director, Race Forward
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