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Weekly Reflection 3 - Kanye West’s belief was that the...

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William Byun Monday Section Week 3 Reflection Structural racism, exemplified in the words of ‘evidence of active malice’ by Barack Obama referring to the United States government, is used to define the action in which groups participate in racism in society. With structural racism becoming a more commonly used term in the media and among politicians, it has become a stronger subject of study and therefore it has increased the importance of the term. The events of Hurricane Katrina were very much shaped by structural racism. One instance in which structural racism caused a strong influence in the events of Hurricane Katrina was during Kanye West’s speech to the president and the people. Another instance was the entire media coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Both of those events were shaped by structural racism. Kanye West’s speech was influential in all of the crazy events of Hurricane Katrina. But because of structural racism, or what we believe to be structural racism, West had taken action to speak out.
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Unformatted text preview: Kanye West’s belief was that the government, or more importantly, George W. Bush, did not care about African Americans. This in itself can be determined as structural racism from the government to the people. The media coverage of Hurricane Katrina was also greatly shaped by structural racism. An example can be clearly seen in the media on Yahoo News where readers find it saying that African Americans “loot” and that Caucasians “find”. Structural racism is seen in the media despite the fact that any sort of racism can bring negative attention towards the certain media, whether they be a television news station, or an internet site. Thus, structural racism influences, and continues to influence, what happened during Hurricane Katrina. Question: Has the public’s knowledge of the media’s use of images to “shock and awe” changed its opinion on the truth of the reality of the damage that Hurricane Katrina has incurred?...
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