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Over the past three decades, United States foreign policy, new immigrant communities, and increasing global economic interdependence have contributed to an increasingly complex political economy in America's major cities. For instance, recent immigration from Asia and Latin America has generated cultural anxiety and racial backlash among a number of ethnic communities in America.

Newspaper Coverage of Interethnic Conflict: Competing Visions of America examines mainstream and ethnic minority news coverage of interethnic conflicts in Miami, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Authors Hemant Shah and Michael C. Thornton investigate the role of news in racial formation, the place of ethnic minority media in the public sphere, and how these competing visions of America are part of ongoing social and political struggles to construct, define, and challenge the meanings ...

Washington, D.C., 1991
Washington, D.C., 1991

The main focus of this chapter is to explore how the general-circulation and ethnic press in Washington, D.C., covered Latino–Black relations during and after three days of interethnic violence in May 1991. We will examine the Washington Post, the primary general-circulation newspaper in the city; the Washington Informer and the Washington Afro American, two leading Black newspapers in the city; and El Tiempo Latino, a Spanish-language newspaper in the city. After an overview of these newspapers, we provide a brief review of Latino–Black relations in Washington, D.C., before delving into the analysis.

The Washington Post was started by Stilson Hutchins in 1877 as a party paper for the Democrats. Much of the local political news was partisan, but there was editorial ...

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