How much responsibility does the TV crime genre have for police racism, brutality and corruption? On this month’s subscriber-only podcast I outline and explain the findings of a report by Color of Change that did a deep dive on the racial bias and covert politics of cop shows. From the ‘Good Guy’ Endorser Ratio to the Racial Endorsement Index, this research examines the ways in which cop shows shape and manage public perceptions of the criminal justice system, and the implications for those on the receiving end of that system. I also outline my own analysis of the crime genre, how socio-economic class is a major factor in evil policing, and how this area of research could expand and progress in the future.
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