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My topic will address how minorities and women are misrepresented in the media and how they are stereotyped I plan to show how minorities and women are depicted or stereotyped unfairly in the news on television and in general In an article from USA Today magazine it illustrated that if you have watched listened to and read media all your life you probably have filed these images into your thinking process African-Americans are mostly rap stars professional athletes drug addicts welfare mothers criminals andor murderers Latinos are illegal aliens ignorant immigrants who take but give little back to the country and cant even speak the language or drug-crazed thugs who have no respect for law or order Asian-Americans are either weak model citizens or inscrutable manipulative or uncaring invaders of business especially in the United States Native Americans are illiterate drunken Indians who hate all Caucasians and sleep away their lives Saltzman 1994 If you are like most middle-class Americans most of what you know about members of other races or religions comes from what you read in the paper hear on radio or see on television It is easy to see that racial and ethnic stereotypes still dominate much of reporting today In todays media African-Americans Latinos Asian-Americans and Native Americans either are treated as invisible or the source of a particular problem crime immigration or the economy In reference to Native-Americans when you watch a sport such as the Atlanta Braves baseball team or the Washington Redskins football team you see the tomahawk chop and chants at these baseball or football games Anything wrong with this As for Hispanics You find a few Hispanics sprinkled through the networks but in supporting roles says Hollywood publicist Luis Reyes They are put there for color Heller 1994 In 1993 Hispanics who numbered 25 million in the United States played in only eleven of the 800 prime-time network TV parts according to a March
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