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Media portrayals of gun violence depend on race, leading to often very disparate policy responses

Parham-Payne, Wanda V. (2014) Media portrayals of gun violence depend on race, leading to often very disparate policy responses. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (19 Nov 2014). Website.

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Abstract

Far more Blacks than Whites are killed because of gun violence in the U.S. Despite this fact, when arguing for greater gun control, politicians tend to respond to gun violence involving whites, such as the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings. Wanda V. Parham-Payne argues that much of this difference in policy response is down to how the media portrays gun violence. She writes that the inner city gun violence that disproportionately affects Blacks is portrayed by the media as a manifestation of immorality and individual shortcomings. When gun violence involves whites, on the other hand, the assailant is often portrayed as anomalous or mentally ill.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author, USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2014 14:36
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2020 23:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60413

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