Racism in the media exists and we need to be able to talk about it. If anything this was the main takeaway of Eric Deggans’ Must See Monday tonight at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Deggans opened and closed the discussion with a humors and light tone. Driving home the point that although racism is a tough topic, it can be approached in comfortable ways. The talk covered several examples of racism in media, both blatant and subliminal. One particularly interesting exercise was a short quiz of the audience to find out how much they really knew about the statistics of race in the United States. Deggans promised a free signed-copy of his book if anyone could correctly answer the questions. To his surprise a few members of the audience actually managed to ace the quiz. Perhaps that’s a testament to the social awareness of the student body at the Cronkite School. Still, the vast majority of the audience did not get the questions correct, implying that there were misconceptions engrained in just about everyone. Deggans believes that some of these misconceptions are due to the work of the media and some of their personal agendas. If as a society we are to reject these racist agendas, we need to be more vigilant and aware of the medias tactical racism. It is an issue that, personally, I see no place for in the 21st century and I greatly appreciate Mr. Deggans taking the time to come and speak on the topic.
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On the night of September 15, 2014, I attended the presentation by Eric Deggans titled “Decoding the Race-Baiting of Modern Media”. The entire presentation was centered around the media’s role in influencing how we think about racism and sexism. Deggans kicked off his speech with an activity that brought attention to the judgments we make about someone or something just based off of a first glance. He showed the audience two pictures and asked them to choose which picture showed a villain and which showed a hero. Without hesitation we all identified the scary looking man in black as the villain and the man in all white on a horse as the hero. This example stuck with me because it is true, we have been taught to make judgments about someone based on what they look like. This is a very serious issue when it comes to race. A bit later in the speech he gave specific examples of racism in the media. He talked about Trayvon Martin vs. Chris Layne and the racial-injustice between the two cases. Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, was not arrested until 44 days later whereas Chris Layne’s killers (allegedly 3 black males) were arrested the same night of the murder. Deggans had many other examples of racism in the media that changed the way I will look at television networks like Fox News forever. His speech was informative and interesting and I really enjoyed attending.
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