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Introduction

Authored by: Christopher P. Campbell

The Routledge Companion to Media and Race

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138020726
eBook ISBN: 9781315778228
Adobe ISBN: 9781317695837

10.4324/9781315778228.ch0

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Abstract

Nearly every day, mass media audiences are confronted with issues related to race and ethnicity. In the United States, Barack Obama’s election and re-election were routinely framed by news organizations as evidence of a “post-racial” America, a notion that casts racism and discrimination as vestiges of America’s past and dominates racial representations in both journalism and entertainment media. Local TV newscasts and much entertainment media in the US are dominated by images of African-American and Hispanic men as violent, pathological criminals. Journalism and entertainment media in the US and abroad routinely cast immigrants as deviant, as dangerous. These representations take on even more significance given the general invisibility in the media of people who are part of the minority populations in the countries in which they live. The Routledge Companion to Media and Race is designed as a guide to understanding the key debates about the impact of media messages on racial attitudes and understanding. Its 28 chapters examine approaches to the study of race and media, the role that various media play in generating meanings about race, the representation of specific races and ethnicities, and the relationship of those meanings to studies of gender and sexuality. The work in this book offers scant evidence that media systems in the US and around the world are providing audiences with the kind of accurate, meaningful, and complex representations of people who live outside of the dominant cultures. Instead, mainstream media outlets continue to routinely ignore or stereotype “others.”

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