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IN THE MEDIA
COC led a protest – alongside Until Freedom, Team Roc, REFORM and Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition – to persuade newly elected MS Governor Tate Reeves to fix conditions at Parchman, the state’s oldest prison. Many say the state should just shut Parchman down. Seven people have been murdered in their cells, there’s evidence of mold and rodent infestations, and complaints of serious overcrowding.
New COC research reveals that TV shows about law enforcement are really good propaganda for police officers. They frequently create fictions that justify cops inflicting violence or doing an end run around people’s legal rights. When Black people are featured on these shows, they’re almost always portrayed as the perpetrators of crimes, and rarely as victims.
This article talks about our latest report Normalizing Injustice and how depictions of crime and justice on ever-popular shows like Law & Order and Brooklyn Nine-Nine may be setting America backwards. It’s not surprising that ff the 26 programs surveyed in our report, 20 had no Black writers, or only one.
This article talks about what our first-of-its-kind report on crime TV reveals: the majority of series portray police and investigators committing illegal, unjust, and immoral actions in a way that normalized them – making bad actors seem good, and wrongful actions seem right.
Netflix, NBC, ABC Lead in Depictions of Wrongful Actions by People of Color in Crime Dramas, Study Finds
Our new report found that Netflix, NBC and ABC were the top offenders in the 2017-18 TV season when it came to over- and mis-representing “wrongful actions” committed by people of color working in the justice system. These shows give a skewed picture of the very real harms our system inflicts on Black people. Of course, 81% of showrunners on these shows are white men, 78% of the writers are white, and only 9% are Black.
This article talks about COC’s new research on crime TV shows and America’s ongoing, unhealthy relationship with a police-know-best mindset. This genre, it says “takes all of the mess and violence of our criminal legal system and packages it for tidy consumption.” Our report Normalizing Injustice looks at 26 different shows from the 2017–18 TV season, and examines the ways these shows are essentially functioning as propagandists for American cops.