Miseducation In Sociology

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One thing the media has contributed greatly to is the misconceptions of race within crime statistics. The civil rights battles ongoing mentioned previously includes a movement appropriately named “black lives matter” through various social media hashtags. The movement began shortly after many incidents of white citizens or police officers shot and killed black citizens, many children, with no repercussions of their murderous actions. It was many media outlets that began to be under scrutiny when they portrayed the victims in a harsh unforgiving way in the light of the fact they were black. It is widely known that news articles often give white subjects a graduation photo or otherwise well intentioned photo, while black subjects are treated…show more content…
Occasionally we all meet someone with contradicting view than ours, for it is in human nature to be in conflict. However, there are those occasions when someone’s views, whether they agree with the view held by one’s own opinion or not, are underdeveloped. They acquire what they read or see around them and take these as the only facts of the case. The opinions held are hardly their own, just fragmented compilations of others formed by the reported news on skewed media outlets. McCombs and Reynolds once reported in 2002 within an article on the influence news that, “News media may not be successful in telling people what to think, but they are stunning successful in telling them what to think about”. The impact of these views are harmful since it leads to a fear of crime that rarely happens and an indirect discrimination of races that are disproportionately held accountable for majority of televised or fictitious crimes. I believe that anyone is susceptible to forming these sort of opinions. However, there are those particularly more susceptible to being dragged within the entrapping overexposed sensationalistic crimes and the incomplete data they provide through both given and assumed information. Those living in good neighborhoods are more susceptible to fearing the news reported sensationalistic crimes happening to or around them, and people with prejudges are more likely to accept the frequent new reports slandering minority
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