Asking questions beyond black and white

This is in follow up to Rick’s post and his legitimate concern with racism portrayed in the media. If we really want to make headway, we have to drop “black” and “white”. One would be hard pressed to define what either of those mean. Recognize that both terms are lazy ways of clumping people together. Make an effort to figure out if your “black” colleague is Jamaican, African, Australian, Canadian because chances are that one of your “white” colleagues came from exactly the same place. Detroit is a certain percentage “black”. I have no clue what that means. If you are a reporter, I would love to know what groups you have clumped under this umbrella, and what groups you have excluded in doing so.

1 Comment so far

  1. Double "r" (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    Thanks for your article. Her remarks just struck a nerve in me.

    Like I have said before, I sometimes stare at that “Post” button for a while before I hit it. LOL


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