Conditions of Possibility: Racialized Reporting in The New York Times

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I use a lens of rhetoric, race and media scholarship to analyze the first New York Times articles published after the deaths of Emmett Till, Fred Hampton, and Michael Brown, black men killed by white men in positions of power. My analysis suggests that personal details, race identification, governmental discourse and dissenting voices in the articles contribute to the possibility of governmental action. Media matters, and institutional racism is still a prominent issue in the United States. It is in part through themes and focus within the news media that white power is protected and black bodies are marginalized.