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Every Picture Tells A Story: An Examination of Racialized Visuals and their Frame Effects

Is there a difference between images that explicitly depict Black children and visuals that more subtly cue the issue of race?
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., Tiffany Manuel
October 1, 2009

This report details the results of an experimental survey of 2,400 registered voters that explores the impact of racially explicit visuals as frame cues and their impacts on inclusive economic development and policies for children, youth, and families. Although advocates are often told to use pictures of “real people” to humanize an issue, the results of this study call us to question that advice.