Guzman, Andrea L.
B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)
Department of Communication
African-American men are overrepresented as threats or criminal suspects in society. Previous studies have found that African-American men are misrepresented in news coverage and depicted in a negative way. The Black Lives Matter Movement has gained media coverage and challenged negative stereotypes of black men. Therefore, in this study I analyze whether or not representations of black men have changed since the Black Lives Matter movement started. In my research, I analyzed the Chicago Tribune using Critical Discourse Analysis to understand the language used in articles to convey the meanings of representations of black men. In my results, I found that black men are overrepresented as criminals, which fits with preexisting patterns. The misrepresentation of black men continues to have an impact on society.
Isom, Alexandria D., "News Representations of Black Men, Post Black Lives Matter" (2016). Honors Capstones. 833.
Northern Illinois University
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