Are all victims white? Are all villains black?
White Victims, Black Villains traces how race and gender have combined in news media narratives about crime and violence in US culture. The book argues that the criminalization of African Americans in US culture has been most consistently and effectively legitimized by news media deeply invested in protecting and maintaining white supremacy.
An illuminating, and often shocking text, White Victims, Black Villains should be read by anyone interested in race and politics.
Introduction 1. 'The Most Disgusting Objects of Both Sexes': Gender and Race in the Episodic Crime News of the 1830s 2. The Cult of Dead Womanhood: Protectors, Villains, and Victims in the Origins of Serialized Crime News 3. 'The Innocent Cause of All These Troubles': Black Victims and the 1863 Anti-Draft Riots 4. 'The Malicious and Untruthful White Press': Lynch Narratives and Criminalization 5. Monopolists of Reason: The Demise of Sentimental Crime Reporting 6. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime 7. Criminalizing Black Culture