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From Cosby's lips and through the media's filters: A framing analysis of Bill Cosby's remarks on the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of education and the journalistic response

Studies in Symbolic Interaction

ISBN: 978-1-84663-930-2, eISBN: 978-1-84663-931-9

ISSN: 0163-2396

Publication date: 25 July 2008

Abstract

A few hours before the May 17, 2004 gala to commemorate the legal decision that ended “separate but equal” facilities for black and white U.S. citizens, comedian Bill Cosby heard a radio broadcast that was on his wavelength. As Cosby listened to “Ask the Chief” on May 17, 2004 Washington, DC Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey recounted the number of children who had been the victims of homicide (Schroeder, 2004). A few hours later, Cosby picked up on the discussion with a live audience at Constitution Hall to celebrate the historic verdict of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. During the event, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Howard University acknowledged Cosby for his multimillion dollar contributions to historically black colleges and universities.

Citation

Perkins, S.C. and Holland, C.K. (2008), "From Cosby's lips and through the media's filters: A framing analysis of Bill Cosby's remarks on the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of education and the journalistic response", Denzin, N.K. (Ed.) Studies in Symbolic Interaction (Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 30), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 273-294. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0163-2396(08)30015-5

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