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By Jennifer Petersen

In 1998, the bad murders of Matthew Shepard―a homosexual guy dwelling in Laramie, Wyoming―and James Byrd Jr.―an African American guy dragged to his loss of life in Jasper, Texas―provoked a passionate public outrage. the serious media insurance of the murders made moments of violence dependent in racism and homophobia hugely noticeable and which finally ended in the passage of The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009. The function the media performed in cultivating, shaping, and directing the collective emotional reaction towards those crimes is the topic of this gripping new booklet via Jennifer Petersen. Tracing the emotional alternate from information tales to the construction of legislations, Petersen demands an method of media and democratic politics that takes under consideration the position of impact within the political and criminal lifetime of the nation.

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