Coverage of Blacks- Sorority Hazing
According to Ken Smith and Cindy Price, photographs have the ability to portray the roles that are appropriate for different types of people. Back in the 60′s, African Americans were only represented in the mass media in stereotypical roles like crime, sports, and entertainment. Nowadays, this doesn’t seem to occur as much but white faces are still prominent in almost every media industry. This is the most recent issue of Seventeen magazine, and the “life” story of the month was of a black girl whose sorority sisters almost killed her (also black). This was meant to raise the awareness of possible hazing in fraternities and sororities, but this was still an issue of blacks being portrayed in a stereotypical role (crime). “Part of the problem with media coverage of African American issues is that those stories often are based on long-term events and unfold over several years. Unfortunately, they often do not get coverage until they become direct, visual confrontations.” The questions here would be: How long has the hazing by this sorority been going on, and why wasn’t this known until a direct violent confrontation occurred?