With the horrific Planned Parenthood shooting in the news, one thing is clear: the media and society as a whole tend to humanize white people, including terrorists, and demonize people of color, even victims of violence.
How else can you explain descriptions of Robert Lewis Dear, who killed three people and wounded nine others in a Colorado Springs clinic, as a “gentle loner”? There are endless examples of the media’s bias – from characterizing Muslims as terrorists to derailing the conversation about police violence against victims like Laquan McDonald to talk about “black on black crime.”
Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey has gathered these examples and more for a round of “White Terrorist Bingo: Planned Parenthood Edition.” Watch what happens when you tally up these awful ways people perpetuate racism in our conversations about violence.
This will give you some important info to pay attention to when these conversations come up in your life.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- 10 Examples That Prove White Privilege Protects White People in Every Aspect Imaginable
- 8 Ways the Media Upholds White Privilege and Demonizes People of Color
Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is a graphic designer and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 100k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, Chescaleigh and Chescalocs, she and her videos have been featured on numerous style and entertainment blogs and news publications including MTV, The New York Times, Essence.com, and The BBC. In January 2012, Franchesca had her first viral video “Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls” which accumulated 1.5 million views in 24 hours, 6 million views in a week and over 9 million views to date. Follow her on Twitter @chescaleigh.