Watchdog Takes Aim at Fox Reality Series

RBR, April 30, 2013

ColorOfChange believes that long-running Fox series “COPS” presents a distorted image of African Americans and other minorities, with real-life repercussions, and is seeking to have the show removed from the schedule.

The program is currently aired Saturday nights, and has been on the air since 1989.

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange, said “COPS has turned the criminalization of Black folks and other communities of color into entertainment for millions—all while lining the pockets of Fox with advertising dollars. The show has contributed to an American culture which has to come view young men like Trayvon Martin and Russell Davis with unwarranted suspicion.”

Robinson added, “Research has shown that programs like COPS create warped perceptions of Black folks and communities of colorand the criminal justice system. This relic should have never made it to air—let alone survived for 25 years.”

The organization has placed ads in Adweek and Daily Variety to make its point.

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  • Puggg

    The only thing COPS has done is to whip people up into a paranoia about shirtless white drunks.

    • brengunn

      On the rare occasion I see it here, I only ever see whites involved in domestic violence cases.

    • Katherine McChesney

      No wifebeaters and tattoos?

  • MekongDelta69

    For the 10,000,000th time on this site (and elsewhere), the Producer of Cops specifically stated that he always goes out of his way NOT to show too many black people, so the audience doesn’t see ‘stereotypes’ of blacks. [Look it up Rashad.]

    The ONLY show on the air which is truthful is “The First 48” (and its follow-up – “The Next 48” (or whatever it’s called)).

    • The__Bobster

      Obviously that’s no good enough for the Bantus. They demand to be shown in a good light all the time.

      • JohnEngelman

        What they want is an unreality series in which articulate black police officers with calm forbearance and diplomacy mediate conflicts between barely literate whites who are shown with their gun collections and Confederate flags.

        • vladdy1

          organ Freeman will play the police chief. No, Morgan Freeman will play God. No, Jamie Foxx will play God.

    • Lou406

      “””ColorOfChange believes that long-running Fox series “COPS” presents a distorted image of African Americans “””

      Color of Changes’ problem is not that the image is distorted, it’s that it’s not distorted enough.

  • thurlow

    Fox promises to promote a new fantasy series, black Neurosurgeons.

    • The__Bobster

      But they won’t call it that.

    • Fox News Channel already has that fantasy series in sorts: Constantly promoting the theoretical Presidential candidacy of the only known black neurosurgeon.

    • Non Humans

      I wouldn’t trust a nonhuman with an autopsy, let alone the surgical treatment of another living being of any variety….except another nonhuman that is.

      • Paleoconn

        Apparently they’re pretty skilled at late term abortions and severing children’s spines upon induced birth (see Gosnell, Kermit).

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Major Findings of The Color of Crime: Race, Crime, and Justice in America, Second, Expanded Edition, 2005 (DATA SOURCE: 2005 Bureau of Justice statistics):

    • Police and the justice system are not biased against minorities.
    Crime Rates
    • Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.
    • When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife.
    • Hispanics commit violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate, and Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate.
    • The single best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic.
    Interracial Crime
    • Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.
    • Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.
    • Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.
    • Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa.
    Gangs
    • Only 10 percent of youth gang members are white.
    • Hispanics are 19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth gangs. Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are nine times more likely. Incarceration
    Incarceration
    • Between 1980 and 2003 the US incarceration rate more than tripled, from 139 to 482 per 100,000, and the number of prisoners increased from 320,000 to 1.39 million.
    • Blacks are seven times more likely to be in prison than whites. Hispanics are three times more likely.

    • mark eaves

      Don’t forget real-estate values!

  • bigone4u

    I am shocked, shocked I tell you to learn that the race that invented everything is capable of criminal acts. Surely there must be some mistake.

  • a multiracial individual

    If I recall correctly COPS UNDERrepresents the ethnic demography of crime in this nation.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      You can bet that official statistics under represent Nubian crime as well. Whenever the race of the perp is unknown they check off “white”.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    If there were so many future neurosurgeons, aerospace engineers, etc in the black community, COPS would have been taken off the air in its first year for lack of action. BTW, COPS has been on TV since 1989 (this is the equivalent of living to be the same age as Methuselah). There are only a handful of shows that I can think of that have been on 20+ years.

    • Luis

      “The Tonight Show”, Saturday Night Live”, “60 Minutes” and “Nightline” came to my mind. “Nightline” sprung up out of the 1979 Iranian Embassy hostage situation, and put Ted Koppel on the journalistic map.

  • The__Bobster

    Black folks and other communities of color into entertainment for millions
    _________

    Black folks would be entertaining if they weren’t so dangerous.

    • Nature’s clowns have disagreeable temperaments…and often guns and knives.

  • Luca

    First, I wonder if Rashad Robinson understands the concept of a “Reality Show”. In other words Rashad, the show is not scripted and those are not actors, this stuff really, really happened and is merely being recorded.

    Just in case someone explained that to him before he made his statement, then I believe the real issue is not that COPS contributes to blacks being viewed with unwarranted suspicion but I believe the deeper problem is it shows how ignorant the stars of the show really are.

    Some of my favorite examples of classic dialogue:

    Officer: What are you doing with this large bag of dope in your car?
    Suspect: I found it in my driveway and I was just now driving it down to the po-leece station.

    Another one:

    Officer frisking a suspect finding a bag of dope: What is this, is this yours?
    Suspect: I don’t know, no, it ain’t mine.
    Officer: Well I just pulled it out of your pants pocket didn’t I?
    Suspect: No cause these ain’t my pants, these my cousin’s pants.

    Almost as bad as: “If the gloves don’t fit, you must acquit.”

    • The best one I ever saw on COPS was these two black women that called the police because they had purchased crack cocaine from a guy and wanted their money back because the crack was not what he said it was. The cops told them that they would have to be arrested because they admitted that they committed a crime by buying crack cocaine.

  • dd121

    Just look up the FBI crime statistics. Although they try to bury the truth about black crime, it’s there. I’m sure that will clear up this misunderstanding.

  • RHG

    The truth must be censored at all costs.

    • Luis

      Reminds me of the classic “Twilight Zone” episode, “The Obsolete Man”, where Rod Serling said, “…truth is a menace”… in totalitarian societies.

  • August West

    By all means put White, Jewish, Arabic, Asian, Latino criminals on this show as much. I’m all for keeping it balanced if you can find a balance.

  • “COPS has turned the criminalization of Black folks and other
    communities of color into entertainment for millions—all while lining
    the pockets of Fox with advertising dollars. The show has contributed to
    an American culture which has to come view young men like Trayvon
    Martin and Russell Davis with unwarranted suspicion.”
    1) Blacks criminalized their own communities.
    2) Given how much black crime, black incarceration, black education, black healthcare, black EBT cards, and black welfare costs whites, I do not think there is anything wrong with people earning money exposing black criminals, buy catching them in the act.
    3) It is peoples’ powers of observation and strong sense self-preservation that causes them view black males with warranted suspicion.

    I never cease to be amazed or angered by what can only be described as a pathological narcissism, by which blacks always blame their problems on others, especially whites. They take no ownership for their individual or collective behavior that causes poor outcomes for them and for other peoples’ negative perceptions of them. It is always the white man’s fault. There is no reasoning with them.

  • crystalevans

    COPS basically is showing what police officers see on their shifts. They are telling it like it is.

  • paul

    The producer has admitted on film to skewing the show against whites. He will try to show as many white criminals as he can (even if they’re just drunks) to try and even out the race of the criminals on the show. I guess even that’s not enough.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange, said “COPS has
    turned the criminalization of Black folks and other communities of color
    into entertainment for millions—all while lining the pockets of Fox
    with advertising dollars. The show has contributed to an American
    culture which has to come view young men like Trayvon Martin and Russell
    Davis with unwarranted suspicion.”

    Reference to FOX aside, don’t “Hip Hop” and “Gangsta Rap” do the same thing?

    • vladdy1

      UNWARRENTED suspicion?

  • Non Humans

    Robinson added, “Research has shown that programs like COPS create warped perceptions of Black folks and communities of color and the criminal justice system.”

    .
    “Research has shown that programs like COPS Reinforce perceptions of Reality about Nonhumans and communities of color and the criminal justice system.”
    .
    ^Fixxed…Reealitee Beez Raaaycisss!!!

  • Hunter Morrow

    The creator, :Langley, has long said he shows more Whites than is statistically accurate.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tLc16_xXlM&feature=player_embedded

    “I show more people than what the truth is statistically when you look at street crime.”

    “If you look at prisons, they are about 60 percent people of color and about 30 percent White but when you look at COPS it is 60 percent White and about 40 percent people of color, it is just the reverse.”

    “I do that intentionally because I don’t want to contribute to negative stereotypes.”

    The truth is a negative stereotype!

    Even something that has been grossly distorted to hurt the image of Whites and protect the image of non-Whites for 2 decades isn’t “kosher” and has to go off the air.

  • Brady

    “The show has contributed to an American culture which has to come view young men like Trayvon Martin and Russell Davis with unwarranted suspicion.”

    As opposed to fifty years ago, when they never would have been looked at with suspicion.

  • Get ready for new and improved COPS 2.0 featuring Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, and that one black dude who is always ready to help the white folks buy the right insurance or pick the right investment. Watch them as they portray real life police officers working to rid the streets of armed and dangerous white nationalists.

    ***
    Seriously, time and again the race deniers show that they are steadfast at war with reality.

  • Sherman_McCoy

    I’m fond of quoting the Dept. of Justice figures that show 13% of the population commit over half the violent crimes in the US. But when we drill down, we find that it out of that 13%, it is about a quarter of that 13% that commits the majority of those crimes. That means that about 3% of the population commits most of those violent crimes. And since not all young black males are out committing crimes, we might actually be talking more about just 1% of the population. Can’t we lock up 1%, thereby cutting our crime rate in HALF?

  • I fear the loss of our freedom of speech about as much as I fear the loss of our safety. Both suffer as a result of large numbers of blacks in society. We lose our freedom of speech first through “soft censorship” – censorship that is imposed by private organizations, protests etc. But the strong arm of the law is never far behind in enforcing these speech codes.

    http://www.jewamongyou.wordpress.com

  • LHathaway

    A true criminal would worry about something else – The perps never get away. If the criminal gets away, it doesn’ appear on the show. By the way, according to crime surveys, black criminals are more likely to get away and not get caught. In some areas, even murder has a low conviction rate.

  • me

    Urban youth documentary….

  • They’ll go after “Hardcore Pawn” next.
    For a group that had to fight so long to gain their so called civil rights, they sure are quick to quash the rights of others if it suits their agenda.

  • Marc B.

    The shows creator admits to showing footage of White suspects at levels out of proportion with the number of black suspects they actually film. This obviously isn’t enough selective editing to appease the professional black grievance class of agitators.

  • freddy_hills

    Blacks complain that COPS portrays them poorly. But here’s the creator of COPS describing how he actually portrays whites poorly. Check out the rest of the videos on this guys channel. He has audio of a lot Hollywood ‘big wigs’ telling how they manipulate their audience. He wrote a book about it called “Primetime Propaganda”..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tLc16_xXlM#t=8sec

  • dogbone

    “Robinson added, “Research has shown that programs like COPS create
    warped perceptions of Black folks and communities of color and the
    criminal justice system. This relic should have never made it to air—let
    alone survived for 25 years.””

    I can assure you that the any perceptions of blacks are NOT warped.

  • guest

    Already, 15 years ago, I was so sick of the worshipping of blacks on TV that I cut the cable. The one and only show I could stand to watch back then was “COPS.” It was the only place in media where you could see truthful depictions of blacks.

    • vladdy1

      No TV, no movies, no magazines, no movies, no cell phone, no Google, no Facebook. I envy people off the grid completely.

  • Funruffian

    This is completely inaccurate. The creator of Cops openly admitted that he had to minimize the amount of Black crime on the show, because they are committing 90% of the crimes. They literally had to reverse the exposure to 10% to make Blacks look less pestilential .

  • AmericanPatriot

    From day one COPS has went out of its way to overstate the proportion of street crime committed by Whites and to give blacks a pass.