Media inconsistent in telling the stories of gun violence victims – York Dispatch – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Greg Jackson  |  The Baltimore Sun (TNS)

In the wake of a global conversation on race, equity and inclusion, the media’s portrayal of gun violence victims remains inconsistent and perpetuates stereotypes.

When incidents of gun violence occur in predominantly white, suburban communities, the story centers on the lives lost and impacted. Pictures show victims with friends and family. As these images float across your screen, you may hear how the community “was rocked” by the incident, how a “beloved coach and father of two” was gunned down. The victim is given humanity.

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Compare this to an urban community; the story and narration may be presented differently. On screen: crime scene tape, flashing lights, neighbors consoling each other.

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