Why make the (bad) distinction? Because, much to the chagrin of ‘unbiased journalism’, the majority of the media is relying on the same racial stereotypes and mistrust that the police are being criticized for: the notion of an all encompassing ‘black = criminal’ assumption.
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According to one Huffington Post piece, protesters are taking to Twitter and other social media to give first-hand accounts of their activities instead of allowing the media to be the only ones chronicling the events. “I went to find out firsthand, and sure enough, the first night I was out, I came home and the media reported it as if it was nothing but a bunch of violent hooligans," said Darlene Hawkerself, a 43-year-old teacher from St. Louis. "They totally took advantage of stereotypes about race and making any black person that shared emotion seem violent,” Hawkerself said in the article.
Beyond depicting the protesters as violent criminals, some American media is also trying to paint them as mindless and easily manipulated. On a recent John Stewart Segment, the host discussed the Ferguson media coverage. He focused partly on Fox News and their collections of commentators, who consistently claim the protesters are being fueled by outside ‘Race Arsonists.’
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