Media and Crime

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The way the media portrays crime and violence has a huge influence on how society reacts. When the news is being reported a lot of people cringe at the gory stories that are brought to their attention, the media in our society is everywhere. When I watch the news and see how people are being killed, robbed, raped, beaten, and kidnapped, I fear for my life, it’s like at any instance everything can just be taken away from you. Regardless of how old you are, what you do etc. crime is so prevalent in our society today due to our economy’s constant decline. The media has influenced my fear of crime to the extent where I fear being kidnapped (a lot of this keeps happening in Jamaica).
In the society, justice is based on what race, class and where you live, play’s a role in whether or not you will receive justice. The media portrayed the case involving Trayvon Martin for months with the perpetrator George Zimmerman getting off. To me this is a case of injustice based on what the news media portrayed, because trayvon martin was black and wearing a hoody, he was stereotyped as a burglary. I expected that the accused would get off as he is a white man and trayvon is black, and he feared for his life (sarcasm). I perceive that the all the races besides white people are considered dangerous, much has been made of the racial issues of the Zimmerman murder trial. And while many Zimmerman supporters claim that race has nothing to do with it; many of them spew hatred and bigotry in their tirades. we see some people protest against Zimmerman, we see protestors who acknowledge the lack of equity for young men of color in the justice system that come in a variety of races and ethnicities and we see people who are so set on being racist they close their eyes to what’s right there in front of them.
I believe that racism has never left us; it's only been largely quiet for many years.…...

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