WRAL (Raleigh, NC), Scripps Media And HOUSTON CHRONICLE Stop Publishing Mugshots Because They're "Reinforcing Or Creating Stereotypes"...Too Many Non-White Faces
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The truth shall not set you free.

Multiple media companies around the nation have decided to suspend their publication of mugshots, because a clear pattern emerges of those who do evil to others… (hint: black and brown faces).

WRAL News changing policy on arrest photo galleries, WRAL.com, March 13, 2020

WRAL News has decided to stop publication of arrest photo galleries on WRAL.com effective Monday, March 16. In its place, WRAL.com will offer maps that plot reported crimes and arrests for much of the WRAL viewing area.

The so-called “mugshot” galleries were launched more than a decade ago. A 2016 survey of newspapers found that 40 percent of those surveyed were running arrest photos similar to the WRAL.com galleries.

In recent years, however, many observers have begun to question the value of these photos and their potential for either reinforcing or creating stereotypes.

The photos are generated by automated data feeds supplied by county jails. There is no follow-up on whether any of the hundreds of people arrested each week are convicted, acquitted or have had their cases dismissed, perhaps contributing to a presumption of guilt rather than a presumption of innocence.

The crime maps provide value by allowing the WRAL viewers and visitors to search for crime reports and arrests near their homes, offices and other locations. No names or photos are shown on these maps.

With this change, WRAL will join media companies such as Scripps and the Houston Chronicle in removing mugshot galleries.

While WRAL.com will no longer publish galleries of arrest photos, the website and TV station will continue to use arrest photos in news coverage, especially when police are searching for a suspect deemed to be dangerous or when authorities may be trying to find additional crime victims.

“… the potential for either reinforcing or creating stereotypes.”

Truth, it seems, has a well-known racial bias.

To quote one of the prophets of the 21st century, "punishment must be unusual or it serves no purpose."

Those who break the law should have their photos published in local papers, for shame serves as a great deterrent to repeat offending. The community should be made aware of those who break the law, and if racial patterns emerge, then society can pass laws based on this information to protect the law-abiding.

For remember: In a multiracial society, social policy shouldn’t be based on individuals.

And once stereotypes are confirmed to have firm basis in racial truth, social policy will immediately be crafted from these observations.

Interesting to think our ancestors long ago operated under this same protocol…


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