Minority Incarceration and Media’s Societal Engineering

Lady2Soothe Santa Monica College Race and Gender in the Media Mid-Term Essay Draft
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The Societal Engineering of repetitive media messages focusing on minorities, particularly Blacks as nefarious thugs fail to take into account the majority of penal inmates are comprised of non-violent offenders. The covert strategy applied through film, news, and broadcasting’s cautionary tales reaching the largest potential audience with its constant barrage of psychological programming are designed to perpetuate a constant state of anxiety, fear and apprehension.

This concept has been employed with jurors pre-conditioned through media to view handcuffed and shackled Black men entering courtrooms dressed in orange jumpsuits as guilty by reason of skin color. For example; In 1984, nineteen year old [1]Darryl Hunt, a Black youth from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was convicted of the rape and murder of Deborah Sykes a white woman despite the fact there was no physical evidence tying him to the crimes. Even with no evidence, Darryl was sentenced by an all-white jury to life in prison. Ten years later, DNA testing proved Darryl never committed the rape or murder and was cleared of all crimes. However even after being exonerated Darryl spent an additional nine years in prison until a man named Willard Brown confessed to both acts. After 19 years in prison, Hunt was finally released in 2004.

[2]Mandatory sentencing policy data reflect Black offenders are incarcerated at 5.6 times the rate and receive considerably longer sentences than White offenders. Nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population is Black, and 1 out of every 12 Black males between the ages of 30 and 34 are behind bars, compared with 1 in 60 White males of the same age group; and herein lays the contradiction of mind control; Widely published National statistics present these figures and [3]“With the help of politicians and the news media, criminal and Black has become so interchangeable that social psychology experiments testing implicit racial bias have generally found Whites view Blacks as less trustworthy, more violent, and innately criminal” Where Do We Go from Here? Mass Incarceration and the Struggle for Civil Rights – by Robynn Cox

Repetitious lies, distorted messages, faulty analogies and circular reasoning formulated by politicians, produced by corporate media, and generated though news, television and other broadcast agencies as factual is the systematic broken record technique of brain washing. [4]“mind control is possible through the covert exploitation of the unconscious rules that underlie and facilitate healthy human social interactions. Common social rules can be used to prey upon the unwary” Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Social Psychologist Robert Cialdini 2007. If something is repeated often enough the brain is mentally restrained and prone to suggestion and cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality. To underestimate coercive persuasion by hypnotizing millions of people into believing most if not all Black men are thugs and criminals deserving of prison and most if not all White men are decent and pure, deserving of second chances is not fair, nor is it balanced, impartial or constitutionally legal and does not allow for due process and equal protection or representation under the law.

But what constitutes the Fourteenth Amendment’s Constitutionality by legal definition? [5]The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees, no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” [6]Sixth Amendment: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense. And the [7]Eighth Amendment: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

However legal assistance and attorney affordability are not synonymous. Black men generally don’t have the funds to retain the high powered legal counsel many Whites are afforded such as in the case of the [8]Affluenza Kid Ethan Couch, and are therefore subjected to the inferior services of disinterested, overworked, incompetent or inexperienced underpaid court-appointed attorneys who typically invest less than 15 minutes reviewing charges and interviewing clients. Without quality representation there is virtually no chance of acquittal.

In the majority of movies and TV, Whites are the saviors, the leaders, the smartest, boldest, sincerest, and are portrayed fighting with words and logic. Blacks are portrayed as smack talking, drug dealing liars and thugs who fight with guns. White screenwriters haven’t developed Black characters in meaningful ways so their lives and deaths mean nothing, confirming Black lives really don’t matter. The media repeatedly controls our thoughts by using violent imagery.

How impartial and unbiased can a juror be whose been inundated by a system of media propaganda significantly influencing, disrupting and compromising their collective freedom of choice, and can this process be routed out or determined during Voir Dire?

When media’s mind controlling contempt for Black men manifests as acceptable practice, it clarifies the extensive mistreatment and the disproportionately 20% longer mandatory prison sentencing for Black defendants than White defendants.

[1] “Darryl Hunt.” – The Innocence Project. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.
[2] Mauer, Marc, and Ryan S. King. Uneven Justice: State Rates of Incarceration By Race and Ethnicity (n.d.): n. pag. Web. .
[3] Cox, Robynn. “Where Do We Go from Here? Mass Incarceration and the Struggle for Civil Rights.” Economic Policy Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015. .
[4] Cialdini, Robert B. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. New York: Collins, 2007. Web..
[5] “14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Civil Rights (1868).” Our Documents -. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.Web..
[6][7] “The Bill of Rights: A Transcription.” National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015. .
[8] Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015. Ethan Couch.

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