Thursday, June 11, 2020

Does media collude with law enforcement to glorify police violence?

What's the Big Deal?: Dirty Harry (1971) - MTV

University of Oregon professor Carol Stabile writes in her article, "During Floyd protests, media industry reakons with long history or collaboration with law enforcement" on June 11. 2020 on The Conversation.

Periodically, Americans have been made aware of the one-sidedness of these media depictions of police conduct. In 1968, for example, the Kerner Commission explored the causes of uprisings in black communities. Its report noted that, within these communities, there was longstanding awareness that “the press has too long basked in a white world looking out of it, if at all, with white men’s eyes and white perspective.”
Changing that perspective requires more than recognizing the role police dramas have played as propaganda for law enforcement. It means reckoning with the legacy of stories that gloss over police misconduct and violence, which disproportionately affect people of color.
The TV shows "Cops" and "Live PD" have been canceled due to their glorification of police violence.

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