New media have radically altered our understanding of racism, so that an issue that has too often been assumed to belong to the past has been thrust into the contemporary mainstream. In light of the clear impact of both traditional and new media on Brexit in the UK and the Trump Presidency in the US, it is imperative for students of media and public discourse to examine the role played by the media in the generation, circulation and contestation of racist ideas. In Racism and Media, Gavan Titley: • Explains why racism is such a complex and contested concept • Provides a set of theoretical and analytical tools with which to interrogate the empirical world of racism and media • Demonstrates methods’ application through a wide range of case studies, taking in examples from the UK, US, Europe and Australia • Examines the rise and impact of online and social media racism • Invites readers to confront tensions in their own experiences of racism and media This book is an essential companion for students of media, communications, sociology and cultural studies.
Chapter 3: Reasonable aversions: journalism and the Muslim/Migrant ‘problem’
In December 2016 the German chancellor Angela Merkel addressed a convention of her ruling Christian Democratic Union party, in which she stated that the burka is culturally unacceptable in Germany, as Germans ‘show our face in interpersonal communication’, and should be banned when legally possible. In response, a popular online news site in Ireland hosted an online debate, asking ‘should we also ban face veils here in Ireland?’1 The first comment set the tone: ‘Ireland has never colonised an Islamic country ... They (Muslims) are guests here. No way should we tolerate their provocative fundamentalist practices.’ One should never read the comments; however, the immediate chain ...