Unformatted text preview: income groups, they are more at risk of
being negatively impacted by television violence. Fifteen percent of children growing up in nonminority homes are poor, but 38% of Hispanic, 44% of Asian and Pacific Island American, 45% of
African American, up to 90% of Native American children grow up in poverty (American
Psychological Association, 1993). While there is not much research to tell us why low-income
children of color watch more television, risk factors associated with higher rates of poverty are
probably contributing factors (Garbarino, 1995).
MEDIA MESSAGES ABOUT RACE
The images saturating the violent media culture also carry messages about race to children.
Children learn lessons about their own and other races from these images. For instance, children
are more likely to associate positive characteristics with White characters on television and
negative characteristics with minority characters (Children Now, 1998). This is a very powerful
force in the construction of self and other for both children of color and White children. It is not...
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