Stereotypical Depictions of Latino Criminality: U.S. Latinos in the Media during the MAGA Campaign

Democratic Communiqué

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Title Stereotypical Depictions of Latino Criminality: U.S. Latinos in the Media during the MAGA Campaign
 
Creator Gonzalez, Eduardo
 
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Description Depictions of U.S. Latinos in the media and politics are often rooted in narratives of illegality, criminality, and immigration. By reproducing stereotypes of violence, lawlessness, and foreign identity, Latinos in the U.S. often exist in the social imaginary of media and political elites as being legally and culturally incompatible with conventional understandings of U.S. citizenship. Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was rooted in nativist politics that sought to criminalize legal and unauthorized immigrants by representing them as the largest threat to U.S. national security and the economy. This article employs a content analysis of all 74 speeches made during Trump’s “Make America Great Again” presidential campaign to investigate how U.S. Latinos were depicted in the media during the 2016 election cycle. The proceeding section situates the empirical findings within a broader time-series textual analysis, tracking Latino depictions across the eighteenmonth campaign. The findings corroborate Trump’s anti-Latino and anti immigrant positions, as well as a progression on Trump’s discussions of Mexico and NAFTA. Furthermore, the analysis illuminates how Trump exports U.S. Latino stereotypes to villainize his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Taken together, this article demonstrates how Trump’s rhetoric refurbished and aggrandized Latino and immigrant narratives and stereotypes for the consumption of a 2016 audience.
 
Publisher Union for Democratic Communications
 
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Date 2019-04-04
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://journals.fcla.edu/demcom/article/view/108906
 
Source Democratic Communiqué; Vol 28, No 1 (2019): Democratic Communiqué; 46
1555-8967
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://journals.fcla.edu/demcom/article/view/108906/104047
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Eduardo Gonzalez
 

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