The definition of race is often based on physical characteristics such as skin color, hair texture and eye shape. Race is both a set of genetically defined biological characteristics and culturally defined characteristics. One influence on culture is the media and the media have a huge influence on the way different races are viewed by society. The media consists of communication devices and some media forms include television, newspapers, magazines, film and radio. Misrepresent can be defined as to give a false or misleading representation with an intent to deceive or be unfair.
The United States is one of, if not the most, diverse nations in the world. It is often described as a melting pot because the country is made up of so many ethnicities and races. In spite of this diversity, the media still misrepresents different races in many ways. One common way is through the use of racial stereotypes. Another way is the amounts of news coverage different stories receive. These are just two ways misrepresentation in the media occurs and there are several others.
A brief history of misrepresentation by the media
Misrepresentation of different races in America by the media is not a new phenomenon. There was a time when almost all the actors appearing in American movies and television shows were white. In the 1950s and 1960s, the civil rights movement was taking place and civil rights leaders such as Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged segregation of blacks and whites. During this time on television shows, blacks and other minority groups were mostly used as comic relief and if it weren't for these roles, they would not have had acting roles.
An example of a minority being used as comic relief during this period is the character Buckwheat on "The Little Rascals." "The Little Rascals" was a television show which began airing in 1922 and continued until 1944 with reruns being... [continues]
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