Racism And Satire Essay

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Satire and Racism: Opening the Eyes of America With the nationally-televised deaths of unarmed black people such as Michael Brown, Jordan Davis, and Eric Garner, America and its justice system is finally being forced to face the elephant in the room: racial prejudices, and how they are affecting the lives of innocent black Americans. In the satirical article, “Tips for Being an Unarmed Black Teen” by The Onion, and The Daily Show’s skit “Unjustified”, ran by Jessica Williams, the pieces use satirical inflation by taking the real-life situation of racial profiling and exaggerating it to showcase its faults. In “Tips for Being an Unarmed Black Teen”, the author tells young African-Americans, “Be sure not to pick up any object that could be perceived by a police officer as a firearm, such as a cell phone, a food item, or nothing”. Williams justifies these sort of misunderstandings in her skit by informing her audience of “fear goggles”, which while on, will make any seemingly harmless black person look like a threat. While still being the “minority” in America, black people manage to be the majority of…show more content…
It’s the same story in “Tips for Being an Unarmed Black Teen”, where the author asks their readers to try to see it from the police’s point of view: “You may be unarmed, but you’re also black.” This reasoning might explain why a black person is killed every 28 hours by police, or how “A black person is killed by a white police officer more than twice a week”, probably because “Instead of black people being presented as savages and beasts like they once were, the media perpetuates the notion that black people are gangbangers and thugs” (Taylor). Black people in America are better off hiding out than walking the streets--you know, like a normal

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