Letter to a Trump Supporter #6: Black Homicides

Why are so many homicides committed by black Americans? There are really only two logical possibilities: Either they are innately more homicidal, or something has happened to them to put them in such a position.

The first possibility is, by definition, racism. It assumes that blacks are biologically different. Of course, any decent scientist can tell you that that’s not true, as can anyone who spends any time with black people.

Bebitch Jeffe: Where We Stands Depends on Where We Sit

by Justine Dodgen Our discussion of how race is depicted in media coverage of violent events continues. Today we hear from Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a Senior Fellow at USC Price and a long-time political analyst for NBC Los Angeles. Bebitch Jeffe lends us her perspective today as both faculty and a member of the media.   Bedrosian Center: What’s one thing we…

Schweitzer: Seek out Diverse Perspectives and Sources of Information

by Justine Dodgen Our discussion of the prevalence of racial bias in how violence is portrayed in the media continues. Today’s response is from Professor Lisa Schweitzer, who specializes in urban studies, particularly empirical analysis of social justice, environment, and transport in cities.   Bedrosian Center: What’s one thing we can do better to address biases…

Lewis: Acknowledge Different Interpretations of Events

by Justine Dodgen Today we’re continuing our discussion of how there is frequent evidence of racial bias in how violence is portrayed in the media. We have been asking faculty members to respond with their ideas for how we, as consumers of news or members of the media, can “do better” at recognizing and overcoming this…

Sloane: Recognize that Race is Implicit to our Society  

by Justine Dodgen Last week, we introduced the topic of how there is frequent evidence of racial bias in how violence is portrayed in the media. We said that we would be asking faculty members to respond with their ideas for how we, as consumers of news or members of the media, can “do better” at…

Race and Violence in the Media- What Do We Need to Do Better?

by Justine Dodgen In the aftermath of the terrible massacre of nine black members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last month, many noted the troubling difference in how the media has depicted the suspected killer, a white man, and suspects of other races or religions in similar past events. Many questioned (here, here, and…