About Truth In Reality
Truth In Reality is a non-profit social advocacy organization pioneering a movement to change the imbalanced media depictions of women of color, especially on violent reality television. Through education, research, public awareness campaigns, social media engagement, strategic partnerships, and public commentary we aim to change society's acceptance of gender-based violence and ultimately reduce its incidence in the Black community.
We are not anti-reality shows. We're against the unilaterally negative and stereotypical portrayal of Black women in all forms of media.
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Research has shown that media stereotypes based upon race, gender, religion, or ethnic background have a negative effect on our society. It is also known that there is a causal relation between media consumption and behavior. Many of the most popular reality shows on television promote violence as an acceptable way to handle conflict. They also cause viewers to internalize negative perceptions of women of color while simultaneously reinforcing cultural acceptance of their abuse.
Black women suffer from the highest rates of domestic violence, sexual assault, intimate partner homicide and HIV infections in the United States. Truth In Reality is not implying that reality shows have created these issues however certain types of unscripted television shows normalize interpersonal behaviors that do contribute to the overrepresentation of Black women in these areas.
It is for these reasons that Truth In Reality seeks to challenge the harmful messaging and behaviors promoted on violent reality shows featuring predominately Black female casts through the Redefining HERstory Movement. It is our belief that if we can affect change on a micro level (such as in how Black women are being portrayed on reality television), eventually this will create a shift in our imagery overall in media and create greater opportunities for Black women's economic and social advancement.