Netflix Crime Series Have More Negative Depictions of People of Color Than 5 Other Top Networks

Color of Change study takes a hard look at how the crime genre portrays racial injustice

Netflix’s crime series have been found to show more negative depictions of people of color than five other top television networks examined in a study aimed at exposing racial injustice in the crime genre of television.

Conducted by the nonprofit organization Color of Change and USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center for public policy and research, the study examines crime shows from the 2017-17 season to determine “how television’s most popular genre excludes writers of color, miseducates people about the criminal justice system and makes racial injustice acceptable.”

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Margeaux Sippell

TV Reporter • • @margeauxsippell