Analyzing news coverage of the killing of Stephon Clark in 2018, this research contributes to the further theorization of the hierarchy of social struggle by (1) confirming the consistent use of demonizing and delegitimizing framing devices to describe Black human rights protest, and (2) illustrating that the quality of the presentation of grievances and demands must also be considered when assessing the degree to which coverage can be legitimizing for a racial justice movement. In addition, findings show selective social media sharing amplified the limited coverage about police character but amplified sensational reports of injury.
Kilgo, D. K. (2021). Police Violence and Protests: Digital Media Maintenance of Racism, Protest Repression, and the Status Quo. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 65(1), 157–176. https://doi.org/10.1080/08838151.2021.1897821
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