This paper examines how contemporary media (both news and entertainment) deals with racial tension in the United States. The principal focus of the investigation is on 1980s and 1990s trends, themes in media's treatment of racial issues and the problem of racial tension between the dominant white majority and the country's racial minorities. Although the analysis considers media treatment of racial tension in general, the main focus is on the treatment of racial tension between the dominant racial group (whites) and the country's largest racial minority (African-Americans). 12 pages, 42 footnotes, 23 bibliographic sources.
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