Images of West Indian Immigrants in Mass Media: The Struggle by Christine M. Du Bois

By Christine M. Du Bois

Du Bois explores mass media's unflattering pictures of "black" Caribbean immigrants. Drawing at the prolonged case learn within the Chesapeake zone, she highlights media ethics in terms of minorities. Analyses of journalism, ads, television, and movie show methods those immigrants have been unfairly depicted throughout the Eighties and Nineties and the way relationships between legislation enforcers, reporters, criminals, and Hollywood writers formed media representations. Du Bois additionally info the West Indians' reaction. She locations their matters within the context of an the US the place dark-skinned immigrants will be subjected to racism and xenophobia, relatively whilst participants in their neighborhood devote crimes. Her findings are appropriate to the present fight to stability journalism approximately terrorists with a wish to deal with all americans rather.

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They also wish to avoid the loss of jobs, promotions, loans, and schooling opportunities that racism can lead to. S. is indeed “the land of opportunity,” they want to be sure it remains that way for them and for their children. One way to help keep the doors of opportunity open is to distance themselves from the people against whom discrimination is most strongly directed. This need to distance themselves from the least 16 Images of West Indian Immigrants in Mass Media respected group in the society is, as several scholars have argued, an important reason why my informants generally do not identify with African-Americans (Waters 1992:2; Woldemikael 1989:166; Vickerman 1999b).

He is a talker) he brought up the Jamaican posses in the area. He said that a Prince Georges County councilman had spoken in a public setting about the Jamaican posses. The councilman was speaking to a Jamaican woman at the time, but he hadn’t realized that she was Jamaican. Mr. ” Twice later in his monologue, he repeated that West Indians here are productive. S. society—morally laudable behaviors; the implicit distinction made between West Indians and others (here unnamed) who are, by contrast, “dependent”; the way all of these topics come up without prompting simply because a (“white”) researcher is doing a study.

The councilman was speaking to a Jamaican woman at the time, but he hadn’t realized that she was Jamaican. Mr. ” Twice later in his monologue, he repeated that West Indians here are productive. S. society—morally laudable behaviors; the implicit distinction made between West Indians and others (here unnamed) who are, by contrast, “dependent”; the way all of these topics come up without prompting simply because a (“white”) researcher is doing a study. THE PROJECT AND THE COMMUNITY Media representations of West Indians depicting them as a lawbreaking, violent community contrast intensely with West Indians’ own senses of their community, as well as with the lifestyles of the vast majority of them.

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