ColorOfChange’s new report, NOT TO BE TRUSTED: Dangerous Levels of Inaccuracy in TV Crime Reporting in NYC, reveals a shocking pattern; every major network affiliate in New York City — WABC, WNBC, WCBS, and WNYW/FOX5 — is disproportionately focusing their crime reporting on Black suspects, and inaccurately exaggerating the proportion of Black people involved in crime.
This dangerous crime coverage puts Black communities at great risk by feeding the ugly stereotypes that shape the implicit or explicit biases of their audiences, leading to discriminatory hiring practices, biased treatment in courtrooms, and the kinds of brutal treatment by police that took the lives of unarmed Black people like Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Akai Gurley.
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When Delores McQuinn was growing up, her father told her a story about a search for the family’s roots.
Slavery’s long legacy in a corner of Ohio: The ‘Gist Settlement’ for freed slaves leads to a legal fight 200 years later
October 25, 2015 | Al Jazeera America |
GIST SETTLEMENT, Ohio — Paul Turner, even at age 84, still walks with the razor-straight military bearing ingrained from his time in the navy. His speech is peppered with polite sirs.
“But my knees aren’t as good as they once were,” Turner explained as he strolled haltingly through shoulder-high goldenrod surrounding the century-old farmstead where he was born.
“When I was a kid, there were 17 houses here,” Turner said, pointing to the fields. But part the tall weeds and one will find only the crumbling remains of old homes, homes that once formed the Gist Settlement and housed the descendants of what was the largest slave emancipation of its time.
Now, Turner is struggling to save the settlement for posterity.
“I want to get this straightened out before I leave this Earth,” Turner said.
Slavery Did Not Die Honestly
A century and a half after the Civil War, the process of Reconstruction remains contested—and incomplete.
David W. Blight | The Atlantic | Oct 21, 2015
The Reconstruction era was both the cause and the product of revolutions, some of which have never ended, and likely never will. Lest this seem a despairing view of U.S. history, Americans need to remember that remaking, revival, and regeneration have almost always characterized the U.S., its society, and its political culture. But no set of problems has ever challenged the American political and moral imagination—even the Great Depression and the World Wars—quite like that of the end of the Civil War and the process of Reconstruction.
Reconstruction, traditionally defined as spanning the years 1863-1877, was one long referendum on the meaning and memory of the war and the verdict at Appomattox. The great challenge of Reconstruction was to determine how a national blood feud (approximately 750,000 deaths) could be reconciled at the same time a new nation emerged out of war and social revolution. The survivors on both sides—winners and losers in the fullest sense—would still inhabit the same land and eventually the same government. The task was harrowing: how to make sectional reconciliation compatible with emancipation, and how to square black freedom and the stirrings of racial equality with a cause (the South’s) that had lost almost everything except its unbroken belief in white supremacy. This would be a “testing” of even more magnitude than the one Abraham Lincoln described in his Gettysburg Address.