Netflix Crime Series Have More Negative Depictions of People of Color Than 5 Other Top Networks

Margeaux Sippell

Netflix’s crime series have been found to show more negative depictions of people of color than five other top television networks examined in a study aimed at exposing racial injustice in the crime genre of television. Conducted by the nonprofit organization Color of Change and USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center for public policy and research, the study examines crime shows from the 2017-17 season to determine “how television’s most popular genre excludes writers of color, miseducates people about the criminal justice system and makes racial injustice acceptable.” Along with diversity of writers’ rooms on the show, the study also looks specifically at how often people of color are shown doing “wrongful actions,” which it defines in 23 specific terms, grouped into categories like coercion and intimidation, violence and abuse, lying and tampering, corruption, and overt racism. Also Read: AMC Fires 3 Employees Over Racial Profiling Accusations During 'Harriet' Screening The study examined 26 crime series overall, taking a randomized selection of 70-80% of the episodes from those series, with 353 episodes in total examined from Netflix, ABC, CBS, NBC, Amazon Prime Video, and Fox. Netflix was the worst offender, with its crime series “Seven Seconds” averaging at 12.25 negative depictions...

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