Stereotypical images of Black people are not only insulting and inaccurate — they're dangerous. They influence how Black folks are treated by doctors, judges, teachers and lawmakers. And they shape how we see ourselves. We are working to create a more honest and human media landscape. Will you join us?
Not To Be Trusted: Dangerous Levels of Inaccuracy in TV Crime Reporting in NYC
ColorOfChange's new report, NOT TO BE TRUSTED: Dangerous Levels of Inaccuracy in TV Crime Reporting in NYC, reveals a shocking pattern; every major network affiliate in New York City -- WABC, WNBC, WCBS, and WNYW/FOX5 -- is disproportionately focusing their crime reporting on Black suspects, and inaccurately exaggerating the proportion of Black people involved in crime. This dangerous crime coverage puts Black communities at great risk by feeding the ugly stereotypes that shape the implicit or explicit biases of their audiences, leading to discriminatory hiring practices, biased treatment in courtrooms, and the kinds of brutal treatment by police that took the lives of unarmed Black people like Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Akai Gurley.
Tell advertisers to ditch Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly has built a lucrative career for himself by attacking Black communities with misleading rhetoric and outright lies in order to advance an outlandish, right-wing agenda and smear fair policies. With such a large following and platform, O’Reilly must be held accountable for the dissemination of these harmful mistruths about Black communities. We can no longer let his advertisers silently stand by while O’Reilly makes such dangerous and dehumanizing remarks again and again.Stand with us in demanding advertisers turn their backs on Bill O'Reilly once and for all. Stand with us in demanding advertisers turn their backs on Bill O'Reilly once and for all.
Tell the NY Times: Fix Your Broken Editing Process
After widespread public outcry -- including a ColorOfChange.org campaign that garnered the signatures of over 45,000 of its members -- Alessandra Stanley and some editors at The New York Times have finally expressed some remorse for Stanley's outrageous "angry Black women" op-ed. But that's not enough. NYTimes Public Editor Margaret Sullivan recently revealed a serious lack of diversity at the "paper of record," including ZERO Black critics on staff. Perhaps that explains in part how Stanley's tone-deaf piece slipped through the cracks. The New York Times must take substantive steps to correct the deeply flawed editing process and lack of staff diversity that allowed this highly offensive piece to hit newsstands.
Demand the Academy diversify its membership
This year's Academy Awards ceremony will reportedly be the "whitest since 1998." No people of color received any acting nominations, and no women were nominated for Best Director. Of course, this is hardly surprising when we take into account the fact that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the organization that determines Oscar nominees and winners, is 94% white and 76% male. Join us in demanding the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announce and implement substantive measures toward diversifying its membership.
Featured Press: No More Black Violence on Bravo
ColorOfChange has spoken out about Bravo's continued reliance on violent, stereotypical images of Black folks. On April 20th, the Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion Special featured a physical altercation involving cast members Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore. Immediately following was an episode of Married to Medicine that spotlighted yet another physical fight involving Black women. These dehumanizing portrayals shape negative perceptions that lead to real life harm for Black people, including discriminatory hiring practices and abusive treatment by police. In response, ColorOfChange issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, urging Bravo to make this latest melee "the last fight between Black women that Bravo profits from."
Featured Press: Why won't SNL hire Black women?
ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson's letter to Lorne Michaels, Executive Producer of Night Live, is driving a critically important, long-overdue discussion in Hollywood about biased casting practices and the real-world harm they cause our communities. Insider news source The Hollywood Reporter printed the full letter in an article about our efforts to demand that the show address its near-total exclusion of Black women comedians from the cast, as well as SNL's long track record of perpetuating demeaning stereotypes about Black people.
DROPPED: Fox Ends COPS 25-Year Run In Primetime
For 25 years media corporations like FOX, the producers of COPS and corporate advertisers have built a profit model around the fiction of so-called “reality” television. Although marketed as unbiased, COPS actually offers a highly filtered version of crime and the criminal justice system — a “reality” where the police are always competent, crime-solving heroes and where the bad boys always get caught. Research shows that these images linger in the subconscious of viewers, creating “unconscious attitudes” and “implicit biases” about both race and class, influencing public support for more punitive approaches to non-violent crimes. More than 35,000 ColorOfChange members took action, placed ads in key Hollywood trade publications and reached out to advertisers demanding an end to this dangerous show's run in primetime. FOX heard us. After multiple conversations with senior executives, they informed us that the show would be dropped. After decades of exploitation, the dangerous series is now moving to a much smaller niche cable network. Click here to read the original email we sent to members about this campaign.
Featured Research: Impact Of Media Images On Men & Boys
Why does it matter how different media portray Black people? Alan Jenkins and his team at The Opportunity Agenda, a partner of ColorOfChange, set out to answer that very question. In addition to conducting original research, they designed a critical literature review: Media Representations and Impact on the Lives of Black Men and Boys. Among the points of consensus in social science research is that public perceptions and attitudes toward black men and boys not only help create barriers to advancement within society, but also make their position seem natural or inevitable.
Not This Time: ColorOfChange Members Cancel 'Reality Show' On Oxygen
"All My Babies' Mamas" was going to be a 'reality' show centered around negative, harmful images of Black men and women. Oxygen network, owned by NBCUniversal, canceled the show after talking with ColorOfChange leadership and hearing from thousands of ColorOfChange members.
Featured Partner: AVI
A seasoned political strategist, writer and organizer, Alexis McGill Johnson launched American Values Institute to deepen the analysis of how our emotions and fears about race shape our behaviors and biases. AVI works closely with experts in social psychology, political science, and sociology to design research projects that can suggest successful interventions and responses to the incredibly harmful effects of implicit bias, racial anxiety, and dehumanization. A project of AVI, perception.org aggregates news, research, commentary and events related to the role visual imagery and popular culture play in reinforcing and perpetuating racial stereotypes and biases, in an effort to transform perceptions of black men and boys.