Sunday, September 27, 2009

Race and the media in America



        Race has always been a tempestuous topic for Americans, and people worldwide for that matter. America has made great strides in race relations, we even have a black president. Something no one saw coming. America seemed to begin to move beyond just seeing race. Recently, there has been alot of coverage in the media of racism or racist comments. A pundit 'analyzing' Congressman Wilson's outburst said that it would not happen if it were a white president. Rush Limbaugh commenting on an incident where a white student was beaten by black students said that things like that happen only in Obama's America. During a march on Washington on September 12th, thousands protested against the presidents plan to overhaul the Health Care System. Many simply were against 'expansion of the government,' but there were a few on the fringes with expilcitly racist views. Those few dominated the coverage the event. When someone criticizes the president they have to be careful with their choice of words because the media pounces on the slightest hint of race. Not that it may be exactly newsworthy, but, sensationalism seems more important nowadays. I am not saying that there is no racism in this country just that we should take criticism for what it is and not jump the gun so many times. When a real case of racism comes up it will not get the attention it deserves.

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