Rhetorical Impact, Real Consequences: How Media Criminalize Youth of Color

There is no shortage of coverage that paints African American and Latino youth in a negative light. From the portrayal of protestors as violent to characterizing youth of color as troubled and in need of harsh discipline in schools, young people of color endure the effects of criminalizing narratives daily. They do this all while navigating a society where they are viewed with skepticism based on implicit bias, stereotypes and narratives perpetuated in media. This has harmful implications for young people of color, particularly where our criminal justice and education systems are concerned.

But there is hope! On Wednesday, Feb. 17, join Advancement Project and Media Matters for America for a panel discussion on strategies to not only end criminalizing portrayals of youth of color, but share accurate and authentic stories of their success and triumph.

Our “Rhetorical Impact, Real Consequences: How the Media Criminalizes Youth of Color” event is one you won’t want to miss.

Sign up for the event below. 


Please note that seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 



Panelists Include:

Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project

Cristina Lopez, Researcher, Media Matters for America

Mervyn Mercano, Principal, Blackbird

Danielle Belton, Associated Editor, The Root


Date: February 17, 2016

Time: 10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. EST

Location: Media Matters for America, 455 Massachusetts Ave NW #600, Washington, DC 

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