How Media Impacts the Opinions of Palo Alto High School Students Regarding the NFL Protests


by : 
Will R.


The purpose of the NFL protests, according to Colin Kaepernick, is to spread awareness of social injustices against African Americans. When the media began writing stories and producing segments on the issue, biases formed within different news sources, thereby influencing the people reading or viewing the information. When news sources cover stories involving a social justice component, such as the Black Lives Matter movement, protestors' voices are usually ignored or misrepresented. This is a form of oppression that the media seldom recognizes. Because of this, stories produced by "left" and "right" leaning news sources often do not provide accurate or complete reporting. To fight this oppression, action research can be used to help people find reliable sources of information that include the protestors' point of view.