By Wilbur C Rich
Reviews the function of the media in shaping public perceptions of David Dinkins' mayoral management.
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Extra resources for David Dinkins And New York City Politics: Race, Images, And the Media
By the 1989 New York election, Professor Kilson had cited Dinkins as an example of a transracial politician who could win the mayoralty. Kilson’s characterization was meant as a compliment to Dinkins. It did not suggest that Dinkins was above race, but rather had a personality that could generate respect across racial lines. Dinkins had managed to keep the race issue at a distance. There was no indication that Dinkins was making a bid for the title of the leading black personality in the city. By all indications he was content to be borough president.
When neighborhood A gets more municipal services, its property values will appreciate, and neighborhood B, receiving fewer services, depreciates. These characterizations create the impression that some groups are being left out, double-crossed, or even ignored. Conversely, some groups are made to believe they are at an advantage or privileged. Gamson and colleagues observe, We walk around with media-generated images of the world, using them to construct meaning about political and social issues.
In 1988, Dinkins got involved with the Tawana Brawley controversy. Brawley, a young black woman, claimed that she was abducted and raped by a group of white men. Many people questioned whether she was telling the truth. The case became a crime icon of black/white relations in both New York City and the state. The circumstances and the resulting trial are beyond the scope of this book, but sufﬁce to say that the trial created more questions than it answered. Dinkins criticized Brawley’s advisors, Rev.
David Dinkins And New York City Politics: Race, Images, And the Media by Wilbur C Rich