[OPINION] Why the Movement for Black Lives Is Using the Media to Build Empathy
Through real media representation and healthy debate, this movement led by Black, queer and gender nonconforming people is bringing democracy within reach.
AUG 25, 2017 4:26PM EDT
Since the publication of Drew Westen’s 2008 opus on the role of emotion in political messaging, “The Political Brain,” progressive media specialists have been working on the problem of a White male monolithic perspective in mainstream outlets. The trouble with this perspective is that only a narrow band of empathy tends to be conveyed to mass audiences. In other words, in the daily emotional discourse underlying news reporting on important current events that affect everyone, much of the country is left out, pushed out or vilified. People running the show refuse to give us opportunities to understand everyone’s experience. Read full article on ColorLines.