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e Crime coverage: A black defendant is four times as likely to have a mug shot
shown on local TV than a white defendant, twice as likely to be shown physically
restrained, and twice as likely to have his/her name displayed on the screen.4
e Youth portrayals: Youth of color appear in crime news 52 percent of the time while
white youth appear 35 percent of the time. By contrast, white youth were more
likely to appear in health and education stories (13%) than youth of color (2%).5 Racial stereotyping is unhealthy for whites as well as blacks. Negative stereotyping of
people of color can produce an unfounded sense of entitlement and superiority among
whites, and an internalized sense of failure or hopelessness among people of color.
Psychological studies of African American adolescents have demonstrated that consistent
negative imaging contributes to
negative self-acceptance and mental
“Representations play a crucial role in
health problems.6 deﬁning and controlling the political and
social power to which both individuals
and groups have access....
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