This has been long overdue: It’s About Time!
Kansas City Star apologizes for decades of racist coverage of Black people: ‘It is time that we own our history’
In his Sunday column, Kansas City Star Editor Mike Fannin detailed the paper’s latest investigation into a trusted, local institution that had “disenfranchised, ignored and scorned” the Black community for decades.
“We are sorry,” wrote Fannin, the paper’s editor and president. He added: “It is time that we own our history.”
The Star issued an apology on Sunday for the way the newspaper had previously covered the Black community for decades, including how Black people only made the paper in its early years if they were accused of a crime. The mea culpa was part of “The truth in Black and white,” a six-part series investigating past racist coverage from one of the Midwest’s most influential newspapers.
“I think we were all surprised to the extent in which they didn’t do the right thing, the extent in which they were willing to go with the flow,” Fannin said to The Washington Post on Sunday night. “We had the power to posit a conversation and we didn’t do it.”
The apology comes at a moment in which newsrooms are confronting a racial reckoning regarding the coverage of minority communities and inequality among non-White colleagues at those institutions. Spurred by the racial justice protests over the summer, the publisher of the Los Angeles Times acknowledged in September that the newspaper had its own “blind spots,” vowing to recognize the biases in past coverage and not tolerate prejudice in the newsroom….”
Excerpted from the Washington Post you may read the full article at:
One of the most famous quotes about the press comes from a fictional 19th century Irish bartender named Mr. Dooley.
On October 7, 1893, Chicago Evening Post journalist and humorist Finley Peter Dunne introduced his readers to the character of Mr. Dooley in a newspaper column.
Dunne’s weekly column, which featured Dooley’s satirical sayings about the political and social issues of the day, became a syndicated feature for Harper’s Weekly and Collier’s Weekly.
Here is how Mr. Dooley’s famous journalism quote is usually remembered:
“The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”
Today, newspapers across the country are apologizing for their history of failing to do just that re ‘owning’ their complicity as a societal and cultural entity responsible for, and guilty of, the perpetration, and perpetuation of institutional and systemic racism in America….
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