American History: Racial Profiling and Bias in The Media

905 WordsJul 8, 20184 Pages
Since the beginning of American history, the media have played a massive role in how people perceive certain viewpoints. The media comes in all different shapes, whether it is propaganda, a commercial, advertisements and even newspaper articles can influence and individual minds. It can be even used to change one’s opinion on the way they may think of a particular race. Still today the media influences our mind, however many believe due to media bias and racial profiling will affect how “fair” their trial will be. In fact in today’s society, citizens in the United States are unable to gain a fair trial due to racial profiling, and bias in the media. Since early in American history, those who were not white were perceived to be…show more content…
Where’s the benefit of doubt for him? Racial profiling also plays a huge role in how the jury votes against certain cases. “The Supreme Court interpretation of that provision gives the police a wide direction to follow, stop, question, frisk and employ excessive force against African American and Latino’s who have shown no indication of wrong doing”(Racial Profiling Lives On 1). Police officers are able to stop those who seem “suspicious” and do whatever they deem fit in order to prove whether a person is guilty or not. How can people believe they are not being racially profiled against if they are stopped because of their race? “In the past decade, Los Angelos, New York, Chicago, Miami and other big and small cities have been repeatedly been called on the carpet for alleged racial profiling…Bush blasted racial profiling” (Racial Profiling Exist 2). Bush wanted to end racial profiling in the US, but it still has yet to be successful. The media today is something that is used more than anything else by teens to obtain information about the world. “Social media in this day and age cannot be ignored; it is now a critical part of presidential politics, it has been part of the revolutions in the Middle East and its going to be an unavoidable part of high-profile legal cases; just as traditional media continue to be” (Hochberg 1). The media have reached the peak of influence since the beginning;
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