A Survey of Protest

There has been an uproar of protests over the past couple of years in the country. One of those protests were on East Carolina University’s campus in the fall of 2016. This blog post is to survey what other media outlets have done to cover protests like this and how the media frames them.


Nine band members “protested” the American flag before start of a football game in ECU’s 2016 collegiate football season. The band members knelt to stand up for their own personal justices, and meanwhile, they were being pelted by items being thrown by fans in attendance at Dowdy-Ficklen that cool autumn day.


The scene at Dowdy-Ficklen was portrayed by local media more as a “Black Lives Matter” protest instead of anything else


Here is an article about a protest on Dartmouth’s college campus: http://www.dartreview.com/eyes-wide-open-at-the-protest/

The author framed the article in a way that depicts the black people that took part in the protest as sort of vulgar and extreme. There are quotes throughout the entire story by people taking place in the protest and apparently, they were lashing out and swearing at white people during the protest.

Another article: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/09/21/charlotte-protests_n_12129600.html is about the protests in Charlotte.

These protests were framed in a way that justified the protest and the author frames it in a way that depicts the cops not as bad guys, but the ones who are the aggressors.

Here is another article about protests on a college campus: https://www.bu.edu/today/2016/black-lives-matter-protest/

This was a protest that was planned within the school by an organization to support the “BLM” movement and in doing so it was dubbed a pretty peaceful situation. The author did a good job of establishing what the article was about and gave background on the “BLM” movement started with Trayvon Martin being slain.

Here is an article by CNN where the author writes about fast facts about the Trayvon Martin shooting: http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/05/us/trayvon-martin-shooting-fast-facts/

These are just important to know in case you have little background on the situation that occurred that night in Florida.

Now, here is an article about the ECU band protest done by a local media outlet: http://www.witn.com/content/news/395523401.html

This is just a follow-up article more than anything, but it shows the governors opinion and some students opinions. I would like for all of you to read this articles and see if you see what I do.

There is one issue that all of these articles don’t talk about, and that is what makes these people feel these sort of emotions. Why is it just called the Black Lives Matter movement? I think someone needs to dive much deeper into this issue and understand why and how people on both sides behave and what makes them behave that way. I think that this can be done by understanding sociological, psychological, mythological and symbolic cues.