In this post I will be showing you a range of videos accessible on youtube. Each video tells a story or gives us interesting information, highlighting the sad truth about racism in our society. Institutional racism is term used to describe social and political institutions expressing racism towards distinct racial groups. This leads to inequality in aspects of life such as, income, criminal justice, education, political power, and employment. If a group of people are being victimised and deliberately targeted it causes frustrations. These frustrations turn into anger quite understandably, and this leads to conflict and tension between different social groups.
This is a highly controversial subject, one with many different opinions, but I believe that this form of racism has been subjecting human beings to inequality for too many generations. When measuring the statistics of different racial groups, regarding anything from, income, to employment, to incarceration , there is no denying that a pattern of systematic inequality is occurring. This video shows how discriminative our society is, and delves into the inequality faced with the US judicial system. When racial groups are targeted unfairly as criminals, this creates a bad representation for the population. These representations become stereotypes, which are recycled continuously in a lot of the media we take in. This has an effect on how we view our fellow human beings. For minority groups it can mean that they are affected in their employment chances.
There have been a lot people who have spoken up about such injustices, but someone really integral to spreading this message is Akala, a highly self educated rapper and poet from England. He lectures at universities and does talks on institutional racism, explaining clearly the discrimination faced with being black. He uses his role as a rapper to raise awareness of the truth to the young creative youths who listen to his music, with his latest album ‘Knowledge is Power’ having a very clear intentions of educating his listeners. Naturally, his innovative way of teaching is shared across social media, meaning more and more people see his videos. The video below gives a representation of his knowledge and the concise way he delivers it. This was found on youtube, giving more evidence to reinforce the idea of power in social media to incite social change.
Once again the media play their role in altering the public’s opinions and judgement to continue the system of oppression, which is why it’s important to share your own perspectives and experiences. Facebook in particular has had a massive impact on raising awareness of racism, mainly in the US. The Facebook live feature has meant that the tragic deaths of citizens like Philando Castile, were filmed on a live version to show what really happened. It truly is daunting that there are people in this world, that have to use a simple feature as evidence for a case of police brutality. Nobody should have to endure such discrimination, yet sadly many people have. Thankfully this video showed millions of people the truth. Unedited. No scripts.
Some media networks manipulate the things we see and the way they are reported. For example white people rioting over a sports game is twisted, to represent passion for the game and a lapse of judgement. When black people even commit something as emotional as a protest to stand against police brutality, the media shamelessly twist the story and report them as violent riots. Sadly, this is true and it is one of the ways the media tries to create a divide between the human race. Below is a video showing how easy it is to show an alternative perspective in the news.
The next video shows how an image of a man acting perfectly within his rights in the state of Texas. His face was plastered across mainstream news channels as well as Dallas Police’s social media accounts during the shooting. These images also remained sometime after the police had cleared his name. Mark Hughes, the man who was misidentified as the shooter was carrying his completely legal assault rifle through the streets of Dallas. He had it open carry, as this is allowed in the state of Texas and it was unloaded. He became a “person of interest”, which is odd as his gun was not a sniper, unlike the actual shooter.
Below is a video of the “suspect’s” friends and brother, who were shocked to see his face listed as a killer across national news stations. In a later interview after the shootings had calmed down, Hughes spoke of his realisation of how close he was to a potentially fatal experience. One very suspicious thing is that Hughes’ name and picture was not cleared from the news for a good while after, meaning members of the public still believed he was the man shooting the police. Not only does this suggest some form of discrimination towards Hughes himself, but it made me question the quality of reporting from the news networks. It appears that they had no real idea on what was factually correct, so they chose to report an unreliable story. How many times has this happened before? It’s worrying to think about how many times we’ve been misinformed and never realised. It is however, key to understand that mistakes do happen in a chaotic environment, but in my belief the news should not be reported unless networks have some credibility to the stories. Here’s the initial video showing Mark’s friends protesting his innocence.
The overall problem seems to be that people who live comfortably in society and watch the national news only see a small piece of current affairs in the world. People who are comfortable have no need to challenge ideologies or question the way our society is managed. When a minority group has a problem, they unfortunately have to spread the message about and try to make it newsworthy, because it is usually a problem that is being ignored by the politicians and the elite rich.
Evidence strongly suggests that the global population are mislead with some of the worlds problems. The fact is, if people are never properly informed of the harsh inequalities faced with racism, then how would they know. If this information can be shared around social media, I think it could educate people to strive for equal rights. The more everyone can share truthful information to one another and try to use social media as a tool for social change, the more informed the younger generations will be, as they grow up with social networking sites.