The Role of the Media in the Los Angeles Riots
Thesis Statement: While many believe that police brutality was the primary cause of the Los Angeles riots, the media played a pivotal role in manipulating racial tension and inciting the African American community to act violently.
Played Rodney King beating repeatedly
Video of Latasha Harlins being shot played thousands of times at the same time as Rodney King beating
The frequency of the news stories about racial violence in these two different incidents, Rodney King and Latasha Harlins, fueled the racial anger of the African American community.
Media suggested the Police officers were guilty even before trial
The image of a defenseless black man was imprinted into the minds of every American by the media
The Media combined several incidents of racism all at once
The media convinced the public that the police officers had committed this despicable crime, and should be punished.
Media failed to completely reveal all the facts about
King led police on long car chase
with speeds up to 100 mph.
King's blood alcohol content
was 0.19 on the night. He also
had a terrible past with drug