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Journ219 essay! - Manya Maier Media Fuels Their Own Fire in the 1992 Los Angeles Riots In the wake of the Rodney King verdict a cloud of injustice

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Manya Maier “Media Fuels Their Own Fire in the 1992 Los Angeles Riots” In the wake of the Rodney King verdict a cloud of injustice settled over the city of Los Angeles. The community in the 1990’s was a rich mixture of races; a change from the rigidly white and black city of the 1960’s, when the Watts riots took place. Asians, Latinos, African Americans and whites of middle and lower classes shared living areas and economic problems. The deindustrialization and mass poverty that took place in the early 90’s was a stepping stool for racial tension as well as the eventual uprising and massive destruction of Los Angeles. According to the article, “America’s First Multiethnic ‘Riots,’” published in 1994 by Edward Chang, the uprising in 1992 was a result of the economic and racial anxiety spurred by repeated media coverage of images that reinforced the tension of that time. Before the riots, the Los Angeles media at large had already created a build up of racial strain. The images publicized in the media represented minority problems instead
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2011 for the course JOUR 219 taught by Professor Beth during the Spring '10 term at Cal Poly.

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Journ219 essay! - Manya Maier Media Fuels Their Own Fire in the 1992 Los Angeles Riots In the wake of the Rodney King verdict a cloud of injustice

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