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In 2011 Harvard and Tufts universities published a landmark study into American attitudes to racism. Many found their findings surprising. White respondents believed their communities were subject to more racism than their black counterparts. Their belief was that post-civil rights efforts to correct anti-black prejudice had come at the expense of white people. But this idea of"reverse racism" frequently comes under fire . As study co-author Samuel Sommers writes, ""It's a pretty surprising finding when you think of the wide range of disparities that still exist in society, most of which show black Americans with worse outcomes than whites in areas such as income, home ownership, health, and employment." In the decade since the paper was published, this debate has become more central to the political agenda. Investigating prejudice, identity and ethnicity, has become critical to understanding how racism is performed and reproduced. So, can white people be victims of racism?

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This perspective looks at the everyday prejudices faced by white people as proof that they can be victims of racism.
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Mainstream media propagates anti-white propaganda

As Conservative American writer Clarence McKee writes, "in today’s world of political correctness, a high-profile crime where a white is victimized by a black is not as worthy of attention and punishment as is the case when a white brutalizes a black victim." Media reports are poised to tear white criminals apart, and view white-on-black crime as clearly motivated by racist tendencies. Yet, there is nothing to suggest this is the case. It is simply a brand of infuriating propaganda that has grown out of a culture of political correctness. This double standard trickles down into society, creating an unbalanced precedent for understanding race relations.
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The Argument

Mainstream media actively participates in the circulation of anti-white propaganda. At the root of it is an idea called political correctness, which is when people avoid certain forms of expression that are likely to insult groups of people that are either marginalized or face discrimination. Some feel that the popularity of this idea has led to the development of some very one-sided arguments. A good example of this in action is in discussions surrounding race relations. Terry Crews, in an interview with CNN host Don Lemon, tried to caution against the Black Lives Matter movement turning into a black supremacy movement. The actor tried to share and explain his take on the matter but was constantly cut off by Don Lemon, who appeared to drown out what Terry Crews tried to say. [1] One can make the argument that Terry Crews was repeatedly interrupted while he was talking because his message was not in line with the narrative the CNN news host wanted to promote. By not allowing Terry Crews to flesh out the pitfalls of falling into a black supremacist mindset, CNN was engaging in promoting anti-white propaganda. The New York Times also participated in this behavior, such as when editor Sarah Jeong faced little to no backlash over tweets that disparaged white people. [2] The Times more or less stood behind Jeong saying she didn't mean what she said, in effect contributing to the spread of anti-white propaganda.

Counter arguments

Mainstream media can promote anti-white propaganda, but not all mainstream media promote the spread of anti-white propaganda. Those that do likely do so to cultivate a specific type of viewer. Fox News is a mainstream media source, and it does not spread anti-white propaganda. Fox tries to confront the issue by speaking on it, talking about topics such as political correctness. [3] Another factor that contributes to whether or not a mainstream media source circulates anti-white propaganda is what their political stance is. CNN arguably directs its message towards progressive viewers, which would affect what kind of message they send.


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