A silly article at The Huffington Post bemoans what it thinks is the institutionalized racism of the popular media, which is one of the most baseless beliefs one could ever hold. Their evidence for this absurd notion is an experiment HuffPo conducted in which they observed the cover models of 16 different magazines, ranging from Teen Vogue to Women’s Health to Maxim and Harper’s Bazaar. What they discovered is that from the September 2012 issues to the September 2013 issues, 82 percent of the cover models were white women and only 18 percent were coloreds (that’s my shorthand for what HuffPo themselves referred to as “women of color”). Of course they don’t define what “colored” means, but I’ll assume, because of history, that it refers to blacks.
The Left will never find happiness until the equalitarian society of their most utopian of fantasies comes true: that there be an equal number of blacks represented in the media as whites, even despite one of the facts that deal a knockout blow to their theories on pop-media racism: that black women are significantly overrepresented on magazine covers.
America’s black population as of the 2010 census is 12.6 percent, and their representation on the cover of magazines for the year-long period HuffPo recorded was 18 percent. The percent increase from blacks’ actual numbers to their appearances on magazines is 42.8 percent. This means there were 42.8 percent more blacks represented on magazine covers than there ought to have been if the intention were to represent the black race proportionally to its actual population.
America’s white population as of the 2010 census is 72.4 percent, and their representation on the cover of magazines for the year-long period HuffPo recorded was 82 percent. The percent increase from whites’ actual numbers to their appearances on magazines is 13.2 percent. This means there were only 13.2 percent more whites represented on magazine covers than there ought to have been if the intention were to represent the white race proportionally to its actual population.
Now, my analysis is not as accurate as it could be. For example, I’m comparing 2012-2013 representation with 2010 census data. Also, the actual numbers we want to be looking at are white and black women. After an hour of Googling and Wikipedia’ing and searching on the Census Bureau’s website, I still could find no data about how many white women and black women there were in 2010. But I know the disparity would not significantly shrink the increased-representation gap. If someone can find information to prove that it would, I will make a donation to the NAACP.
HuffPo’s study only verified what right-thinking people have known to be true: blacks are overrepresented in the media.