Black News Coverage Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

economy

Despite a 14.7% average unemployment rate for African American men in 2009 (compared with 8.1% for whites), and the high rate of foreclosure for African Americans, the economic crisis was the fourth biggest story in 2009 and early 2010. The economic crisis was the biggest story overall in 2009 according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index. From February 2009 to February 2010, the economic crisis accounted for 21.1% of all news coverage, but less than 1% (0.47%) of that coverage dealt with African Americans. Many of those articles were about African Americans who had sub-prime mortgages or who confronted discrimination in the mortgage process, and the NAACP suing Wells Fargo and HSBC for racist lending practices.

Despite a 14.7% average unemployment rate for African American men in 2009 (compared with 8.1%…