The Media’s Framing of Black Looters, Shooters, and Brutes in Hurricane Katrina’s Aftermath
This chapter shows how dominant news stories featured dangerous black male brutes who took over New Orleans in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. In late August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and became the most lethal and destructive hurricane in U.S. history, causing 1,836 deaths, destroying 300,000 homes, and costing $150 billion in damages across three states. Media coverage of the storm's aftermath was marked by crime news reports that New Orleans had descended into chaos, anarchy, and lawlessness. However, further investigation revealed that almost all news media reports of looting, shooting, rapes, murders, and mayhem were unsubstantiated, exaggerated, or false. Federal and state government officials believe that the inaccurate news reports “slowed the response to the disaster and tarnish[ed] the image of the victims.”
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