An interesting question arises from this situation: when did huge social movements begin spurning the media? Don’t these movements need media coverage to get their message out and raise awareness? This Missouri situation brings to mind Birmingham campaign of the Civil Rights movement when, on May 3, 1963, city Safety Commissioner Bull Connor unleashed the police dogs and the fire hoses on protestors. It was the openly welcomed media coverage of the event that drew significant public attention to the poor treatment of southern Blacks and the cause of the Civil Rights Movement. This event and its subsequent media coverage are cited as important catalysts in the adoption of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The media has a long record of helping the proliferation of a civil rights cause. Why, then, would the Concerned Student 1950 reject the media in the way they have, putting up signs that say “No Media: Safe Space”?
Squires brings up a valid point. In 1963, the media wasn’t necessarily very favorable toward the people of color in general, but they also weren’t expected to be. In 2015, the media is expected to be very sensitive and sympathetic toward the plight of minority groups to the point where it is noticed when they are not. That is why Concerned Student 1950 was not too welcoming of the press.