The Effect of Television on the Civil Rights Movements

[In the 1950s and 1960s] "the race problem entered their living rooms.  Tens of millions nightly watched the drama of the Negro Revolution.  The growing majority of Americans favoring racial equality and justice had those sentiments reinforced by TV shots of snarling dogs attacking black demonstrators, rowdy white hoods molesting young blacks patiently waiting to be served at a lunch counter, and hate-filled white faces in a frenzy because of the effrontery of little black children entering a previously all-white school"

Howard Sitkoff, "The Preconditions for Racial Change"