White privilege in the criminal justice system: examining the shift in media approach to the war on drugs, 2017

Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Title:
White privilege in the criminal justice system: examining the shift in media approach to the war on drugs, 2017
Creator:
Fitch, Chanell M.
Contributor to Resource:
Boone, William, Gibrill, Hashim
Date of Original:
2017-07-30
Subject:
Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
dissertations
theses
Type:
Text
Format:
application/pdf
Description:
Degree Type: thesis
Degree Name: Master of Arts (MA)
Date of Degree: 2017
Granting Institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department/ School: Political Science
This study examines how the media has been used to perpetuate White privilege in the criminal justice system. The paper explores the shift in the medias approach to drug epidemics depending on the demographic of drug users and how that shift in media influences the implementation of public policies. A policy analysis was used to examine the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 in order to understand the different approaches taken by politicians and how these approaches are reflective of biased media coverage. Based on this analysis, it is evident in the language and tone of each policy that White privilege remains a critical function of the criminal justice system. KEY TERMS: War on Drugs, Criminal Justice, Race, Politics, Public Policy, White Privilege, African American Studies, American Politics, Law and Politics, Law and Race, Public Policy, Race and Ethnicity
Metadata URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12322/cau.td:2017_fitch_chanell_m
Language:
eng
Holding Institution:
Clark Atlanta University
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