Journalism and Latinos

Stereotypes, Underrepresentation, and Ignorance

Authored by: Raul Reis

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


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On February 10, 2015, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a Mexican national who had settled 10 years earlier in Pasco, a city of 70,000 people in Washington state, died after being fatally shot by police officers after a frantic chase in a busy intersection. The 30-second video of the chase and shooting was seen and shared by millions of viewers in the United States and abroad in the days after the incident, prompting many to speculate that Pasco, Wash., would enter the national consciousness and debate about race and police brutality much in the same way Ferguson, Mo., had managed to do half a year before (Oliver Laughland, The Guardian, February 17, 2015). Despite some significant street protests in Pasco and elsewhere in the weeks that followed, somehow the “Pasco moment” never really solidified, and the collective conversation about human rights, which these days seems to be mostly taking place on (and being steered by) social media, moved on to other topics, such as the so-called “religious freedom” laws in Indiana, Mississippi, and other states.

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