Poynter conducted a study of 167 journalists and published the results on September 1st. The results are fascinating, and worth analyzing, as they seem to document a change in the way our industry views objectivity, but the biggest takeaway was the responses to a question about mission.

The Woke Ones

While it’s appropriate that we react with protest and outrage over blatantly discriminatory situations like, keep in mind that small, more subtle forms of bias can do as much damage, if not more.

Dream Deferred

That decision was changed quickly and the director sent an email telling parents that “no families are opting out of our planned activities.” I have been thinking about that school for two days now, trying to imagine the parents who wrote letters demanding that their children not be forced to learn about Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass.

Hate Crimes

Last year, more than 10,500 people in the U.S. reported being targeted by a hate crime. That’s a significant increase over 2019’s numbers, and the highest number since 2008. Each year the FBI compiles the data and publishes an annual Hate Crime Statistics Report.

One Drop Rule

I find it distasteful in the extreme to gossip about someone’s private business. But it’s probably important to mention that Berry’s comments come within the context of a bitter custody battle over her young daughter, and that she’s accused the child’s father of racism.

An Anti-Racist Future

Racism is the idea that one racial group is inferior or superior to another and has the social power to carry out and benefit from systemic discrimination. This applies to most, if not all, institutions in this country, including public media.

Star Wars

What I learned: As our movies and TV shows continue to diversify, we can expect racists to become more frightened and yet more abusive.

Beware The Stereotype

People dressed all in black. It’s important to keep in mind the limitations of statistics & probabilities whenever you are talking about racism & bias. In the study of logic, a stereotype is a fallacy in which we believe an entire group has a particular characteristic & so assume that an individual member of that group also has that quality.

This is a question I asked a group of friends last year, pre-pandemic, as we were chatting in my kitchen in Maryland. Everyone stopped to check out what people were wearing. Most of us were dressed in blue jeans and brightly colored t-shirts; I was wearing a red dress. Only one of us was in all black.

The Police & The KKK

Image of police office in tactical gear. There is a documented history of links between law enforcement & white supremacist organizations, something that should concern anyone who wants to prevent acts of terrorism on American soil.

Are police officers racist? This is an essential question that confronted me as I began to do research for an upcoming podcast recording. (I am guest hosting a couple episodes of “The debate,” a new show from Newsweek that hopes to demonstrate that civil discourse is possible, even between people who strongly disagree.)