Race, Class and Media: An Introduction


  • Cristina Mislan
  • Robert F. Carley


police brutality, racism, black Americans, classism


In attempting to re-ignite an academic journal that remains particularly important within the conjuncture of today’s political and societal upheaval, we present a special issue for the Democratic Communiqué. With more recent social movements around the ongoing issue of state-sanctioned violence and police brutality —not to mention the more recent (and diverse) student-led social movements against gun violence across the United States—have produced a re-centering of the intersection between race and class in mediated discourses. Here, pedagogical interventions into the ever expanding capitalist machine of our current media landscape and the ongoing prevalence of police brutality against black Americans—while in this issue the killings of black American males are centered, they do not supersede killings against brown and black women—in urban localities are further explored.

Author Biographies

Cristina Mislan

Cristina Mislan is Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Robert F. Carley

Robert F. Carley is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Texas A&M University, College Station.