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Undergraduate Mark Freeman has won the Danesha McCoy Award for Outstanding Scholarship at the Eighth Annual U.C. Berkeley Sociological Research Symposium

Mark Freeman, an undergraduate in the U.C. Davis Sociology Department, has won the Danesha McCoy award for outstanding scholarship at the Eighth Annual U.C. Berkeley Sociological Research Symposium. Presenting his work entitled, "Black Lives Matter: The Intersection of Race, Ideology and Media," Mark's work explores both the sources and the ongoing processes of meaning-making embedded in the competing claims of "black lives matter" and "all lives matter." To do so, Mark analyzes both how different media outlets, from Fox News to MSNBC, frame the competing ideological claims to attempt to shape public debate and how such competing frames are rearticulated amongst members of the U.C. Davis community. Using both Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's work on color-blind racism and Joe Feagin's work on systemic racism, Mark finds that the "All Lives Matter" movement is a reflection of a white racial frame that allows the continued rationalization of racial inequalities using colorblind language which minimizes the importance of race, racism and the processes of racialization in the United States.

Congratulations, Mark!

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