The language of civil unrest
After civil unrest in recent years, the spotlight has shown on the words that news reporters use to describe what’s happening.
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The University of Minnesota said Wednesday it will no longer provide general descriptions of those responsible for crime on campus.
In so doing, the U of M adopts a standard used by many news organizations which, at least by policy, don’t provide the race of suspects unless it actually provides some distinctive information. Read more →
Even the mayor of Minneapolis acknowledged on Tom Weber’s program on Minnesota Public Radio yesterday that there’s no equitable distribution of the good life that The Atlantic so portrayed in its article. Read more →
On the radio, ‘whiteness’ is more than skin deep
It’s not much of a secret that public radio is white — really white. The lack of diversity has hardly gone unnoticed locally or nationally. The origins go far deeper than race. Back when I was a young college student, my Boston accent was (mostly) beaten out of me in a voice and articulation class. Read more →
Rose Parade to honor black woman kicked off float
If you need a little reminder that the country has made some progress in matters of race, pay attention to who’s riding on the ‘inspiring stories’ float at the beginning of the Tournament of Roses parade tomorrow.
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This is the part of #pointergate that has been lost in the brouhaha over one incident and one indication of police attitudes toward residents of the city. Read more →
Add the Star Tribune editorial to the list of journalists who find no redeeming quality in Jay Kolls’ sloppy expose of Mayor Betsy Hodges door-knocking campaign in which she was alleged to have flashed gang signs. Read more →
‘Gang sign’ story backfires on KSTP
From the Department of Are You Serious comes this from KSTP, which alleges that Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges knows a gang sign.
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It happened yesterday in beleaguered Ferguson, Missouri. A cop and a protester hugged. Read more →
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey this week, actress Raven Symonè started a meaningful national dialogue when said she doesn’t like labels and she considers herself “American, not African American.”
From the moment she said it, there was a fair chance she’d be misunderstood. And she was. Read more →
That’s the question to debate in the wake of Minneapolis police chief Janeé Harteau’s decision to pull out of a ‘listening session’ last night to address concerns by people of color in the city. Read more →
A look at MTV’s anti-bias campaign
That was quite a PSA that ran during this evening’s MTV video music awards tonight. The network said it wanted to start a discussion on race among those who still watch it, which makes it hard to believe there wasn’t one already. But the PSA is part of a larger campaign called “Look Different.” “Eighty Read more →
Fifty-five years is an awfully long time to wait before giving an African-American man the diploma he was denied because he had a picnic in park that was off-limits to blacks. Read more →
Something different accompanies the start of the school year this year. For the first time in modern U.S. history, whites will be the minority. Non-Hispanic white students are still expected to be the largest racial group in the public schools this year at 49.8 percent, CBS News reports. But the National Center for Education Statistics Read more →
What comes to your mind when you read this description of articles of clothing, now banned at a Minneapolis bar? – Flat-billed hats – Large chains – Sleeveless under shirts – Long white T-shirts – Athletic apparel – Sports jerseys without collars – Excessively baggy clothing “You might as well say, ‘No black folks allowed,’” Read more →