Historical Media Analysis

Oppression and Resistance

Authored by: Vanessa Murphree

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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Historians and other scholars widely acknowledge that the media has helped to create dialogue and shift attitudes surrounding race in the US Some even suggest that the powerful effects of American media coverage of racial issues have contributed to and even caused ethnic and racial hatred, injustice, and violence. Even so, there is also a powerful social change component when considering the scholarship that has examined media history, race, and ethnicity. Instead of, and sometimes in addition to, looking at how minorities have been portrayed in the white press, scholars have researched media organizations that helped to inspire and propel social movements and consequent social change. The story of how these opposing forces used the same tool—the mass media—is essential to our understanding of our broader history and the important influence of both the media and minorities in defining our society. The media history scholarship reflects both sides of the story—the story of racism in the mainstream white media and the story of empowerment in the alternative minority media. In this chapter, through an examination of the scholarship surrounding the history of media and race, we discover many perspectives that help to explain how some white American media organizations have oppressed minority groups and how these same groups have employed the media to advance their causes and positions in society.

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