Study Finds Media Promotes False Portrayals Of Black Families

Despite government data disproving them, media perpetuates stereotypes such as "welfare queens" and absentee fathers.

by Blavity Team

The power of media is very real, especially when it comes to our perception of the world. And new report suggests that the media may be warping Americans' understanding of reality.

According to the Washington Post, a recent Color of Change and Family Story study found that the news media has had a significant hand in negatively skewing the perceptions of black families.

The study's researchers reviewed over 800 local and national news pieces published or aired between January 2015 and December 2016, sampling major networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC as well as major print publications such as The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

The study — conducted by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign communications professor Travis L. Dixon — found that national news outlets were more likely to show black families as broken and dysfunctional while white families were depicted as possessing social stability.

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kiki

This is very important. Media matters. Stereotypes are everywhere! We are involved in a struggle with our local performance center because of stereotypical depictions of people of color in ALMOST EVERY SINGLE PRODUCTION. It is rampant, widespread, deafening. We are searching for plays, musicals, dance performances, anything that fights stereotypes. Even our local school team mascot, Vikings, rankles.