Protest Paradigm Alignment Discrepancies Between a Mask Mandate Protest and a Black Lives Matter Protest

Extended abstract accepted to the visual communication division of the 2021 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium

Morgan Gonzales (Grady MA student)

Abstract: Three people were arrested during a Black Lives Matter march in September of 2020. A day later, a mask mandate protest doubling as a psalm sing also led to the arrests of three people. Despite the similarities between the two demonstrations, local and national news coverage of the two events differed wildly, with the Black Lives Matter coverage aligning closely with the protest paradigm, a characteristic in stark difference with the mask mandate coverage.

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