- Columnists Say Reaction Would Be Far Different
- Election Day Produces Diverse Array of Winners
- Resentment of Black Wealth Seen in Anthem Debate
- Trump Appears to Pursue Vendetta Against CNN
- Calderon Becomes First Afro-Latina Evening News Anchor
- Worldwide, Youth Being Taught News Literacy
- HuffPost Talks to 13 Asian Americans About Eyes
- A Random Street Survey on Like, Dislike of ‘Latinx’
- Lawyers, Legislators Fight Criminalization of Poverty
- Stigmatized Pygmy Teens Trained as Reporters
- Short Takes
Columnists Say Reaction Would Be Far Different
Two African American columnists of different generations and temperaments came to similar conclusions on Tuesday: If Devin Kelley, the apparent killer of 26 worshipers Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Texas, were Muslim or black, the nation’s reaction would have been far different.
“White privilege continued to protect him in case after case,” Shaun King, the Black Lives Matter activist and former columnist for the Daily News in New York, wrote for BlackAmericaWeb.com after reviewing Kelley’s history.
Leonard Pitts Jr., the syndicated Miami Herald columnist, asked, “Do you think that if the Texas killer had had an exotic name or begun his attack with a cry of ‘Allahu Akbar!’ our responses would be limited to thoughts and prayers and lawmakers would be content to mouth impotent pieties?”
King recalled the Las Vegas attack that killed 58 people in October. Like the attack in Texas, it, too, ranks among the deadliest mass shootings in modern American history.
“Soon after that shooting, I wrote a column stating that white privilege in America is so strong that even Stephen Paddock, the deadliest single mass shooter in American history, was getting preferential treatment in death that virtually any shooter other than a white man would ever receive had they done something similar,” King wrote.
“Well, it’s happening again in Texas, but this time I actually think it’s worse. Devin Kelley shot and killed multiple children. He shot and killed a pregnant woman. He killed senior citizens. The man had absolutely no regard for human life when he strapped on black tactical gear, loaded up rounds and rounds of ammunition, and walked straight into that church and rained down horror on that close-knit congregation.
“We had warning signs galore. . . .
“Kelley was given break after break in life. And we must investigate why that is. For the past six months I’ve spent nearly every waking moment of my life either in The Bronx or studying it. I’ve taken a deep dive into neighborhoods where families and children never get a break. If you break the law, you go to jail, then you go to prison, normally for a very long time. If you are even suspected of breaking the law, it doesn’t matter if you are a child or a grown man, you go to Rikers, where you may wait for months or even years just to see a judge. In The Bronx, I’ve uncovered case after case of people, always black or brown mind you, who’ve spent years in jail or prison for crimes they never committed.
“Somehow though, the harsh judgment and punishment of America’s justice system never really visited Devin Kelley. He should’ve served hard time for fracturing a child’s skull, but he didn’t. He could and likely should have served hard time for domestic violence and sexual assault and animal cruelty, but he lives in a universe altogether different than black and brown families in The Bronx — one in which he gets a perpetual pass for violence and intimidation. . . .”
“Why are we OK with this?
“Not you and me as individuals, perhaps. But America, as a corporate body? It seems ever more obvious that for all the lip service we pay to ‘thoughts and prayers,’ for all the candles we light and tears we weep, this is a thing we accept. As opposed to Islamic terror, which we don’t. You can read the distinction starkly in Donald Trump’s tweets.
“After a Muslim shot up a nightclub in Orlando, the then-candidate decried our lack of toughness and demanded a ban on Muslim travel.
“After a non-Muslim killed nearly 60 people in Las Vegas and wounded over 500 more, he said the killer’s ‘wires were crossed pretty badly in his brain.’
“After a Muslim killed eight people in New York City, he mused about sending him to Gitmo and demanded the ‘DEATH PENALTY.’
“After Sunday’s murders by a non-Muslim, he promised to stand with the people of Sutherland Springs.
“It’s not that Trump won’t condemn a non-Muslim killer, but that he saves his greatest energy and outrage for the killer who claims to worship Islam, even though the former is the far deadlier threat.
“And though Trump is often an outlier, his moral inconsistency here seems to reflect America’s own. . . .”
Boston University: Permissive gun laws linked to higher homicide rates
Bill Bramhall, Daily News, New York: Mass Shooting Condolence Cards (cartoon)
Elvia Díaz, La Voz | azcentral.com: Insulting my gun knowledge after Texas shooting is wrong — and you know it
Editorial, News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.: President Trump, it’s a gun situation
Editorial, San Antonio Express-News: Shooter should not have been allowed guns
Editorial, Philadelphia Inquirer: Bullet points: Separating the lies from the truth about guns
Solomon Jones, Philadelphia Daily News: People of faith feel particular pain from hateful violence
Lauren McGaughy, Dallas Morning News: Dear Sutherland Springs, you deserve an apology from the news media
Phillip Morris, Plain Dealer, Cleveland: America and its churches are being baptized in blood
Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Another day, another massacre in America
Molly Pahn, Anita Knopov, Michael Siegel, Boston University: Gun violence in the US kills more black people and urban dwellers
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: The blood of innocents is on our hands
Election Day Produces Diverse Array of Winners
CBS News, the Los Angeles Times and NPR were among the news organizations that noted the diversity of the winning candidates in Tuesday’s election.
“Racial and religious minorities and LGBTQ candidates picked up historic wins in races across the country Tuesday,” Jaweed Kaleem reported for the Los Angeles Times. “They included two openly transgender politicians, African Americans who prevailed in several mayoral races and the first Sikh mayor in New Jersey. . . .”
Brian Naylor of NPR added:
“In the northern Virginia suburb of Prince William County, Danica Roem became the first openly transgender candidate to win a statehouse seat anywhere in the country. She defeated the long-time Republican incumbent, social conservative Robert Marshall. . . .”Also in Virginia, Kathy Tran, a refugee from Vietnam, became the first Asian-American woman elected to the House of Delegates. And Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala both defeated Republican incumbents to become the first Latina women elected to the chamber.
“Andrea Jenkins won election to the Minneapolis City Council, becoming the first openly transgender person of color elected to office in the U.S. Jenkins was a policy aide on the city council and won more than 70 percent of the vote.
“Across the Mississippi River, Melvin Carter was elected the first African-American mayor of St. Paul.
“In Hoboken, N.J., Ravi Bhalla was elected mayor, making him the city’s first Sikh American chief executive. . . .”
“Some of the other firsts:
“Wilmot Collins, a refugee from Liberia, was elected mayor of Helena Mont., becoming the state’s first black mayor.
“Seattle elected its first female mayor since 1926. Jenny Durkan will also be the city’s first lesbian mayor, winning the post vacated by Ed Murray, who resigned after several men accused him of sexually abusing them.
“Charlotte, N.C., elected its first female African American mayor, Democrat Vi Lyles.
“Manchester, N.H., the state’s largest city, elected its first female mayor in its 266-year history, Joyce Craig. She defeated Republican incumbent Ted Gatsas. . . .”
Separately, Latino Rebels reported, “An Election Eve poll about the Virginia race from Latino Decisions [PDF], CASA in Action, NextGen America, and America’s Voice reported that an ‘over-reliance on anti-immigrant race-baiting’ from Republican candidate Ed Gillespie failed with voters of color.
“Gillespie [lost] the governor’s race by nine percentage points to Democrat Ralph Northam.
“Other takeaways from the poll included the following:
“ ‘Voters were aware the campaign had become heavily racialized and moved from Gillespie, towards Northam.’“ ‘In the final three weeks, there was a significant increase in outreach with communities of color.’“ ‘Among people who reported seeing ads or discussions of Gillespie as anti-immigrant, there was an overwhelming vote in favor of Northam.’“ ‘Virginians are pro-immigration and support welcoming policy towards immigrants.’ ”
Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post: Trump thumped in Virginia — bigly
Mary C. Curtis, Roll Call: Will 2018 Midterms Follow Scorched-Earth Playbook?
Jarvis DeBerry, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune: Tuesday’s vote was a comeuppance for some incumbents
Emil Guillermo, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: This November’s word? Trumpudiation — but not everyone is cheering
Donna Owens, NBC News: Defying the Odds: African-Americans Make Historic Wins on Election Night
Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press: Coleman A. Young II not ready to take job dad did so well
“In July this year, I interviewed the American white supremacist Richard Spencer, for a documentary on the roots of white anxiety in America,” Gary Younge wrote for Britain’s Guardian. “In the course of our exchange he claims that Africans contributed nothing to civilisation (they started it), that Africans benefited from white supremacy (they didn’t) and that, since I’m black I cannot be British (I am). A clip of that interview that has now gone viral.” (video)
Resentment of Black Wealth Seen in Anthem Debate
“When A. Scott Bolden appeared on Fox News to defend National Football League players who protest racism by kneeling during the national anthem, he instead found himself under attack,” Vanessa Williams reported Oct. 31 for the Washington Post, in a story published on the front page of the print edition Wednesday.
“ ‘You’re wearing thousand-dollar cuff links; don’t give me the victim card!’ host Tucker Carlson told Bolden, who is black and a partner in an international law firm. ‘Those cuff links cost more than my first car!’
“After the September appearance, Bolden said racist messages flooded his voice mail and email.
“ ‘ “You n-word, S.O.B.,” ‘ Bolden recounted from one voice mail, censoring the caller’s language. ‘ “You’re making millions as a lawyer while I’m making $10 an hour, and you have the audacity to complain about racism in this country.” ‘
“President Trump has said his fight with NFL players is about respecting the flag and honoring veterans — not race. But the president and some conservative commentators have made wealth a part of the debate, inflaming racial resentment among Trump’s white working-class supporters who express no tolerance for black athletes raising concerns about institutional racism while making millions of dollars a year. . . .”
Zachary Davis, Boston Globe: When ‘normal’ means ‘white’
Editorial, Kansas City Star: Why has Kris Kobach’s voter fraud commission disappeared? (Nov. 1)
Editorial, Miami Herald: Vote fraud is a myth, but Trump’s attack on our ability to cast a ballot is very real (Oct. 29)
Forbes: The Black Billionaires 2017
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post Writers Group: Conservatives want monopoly on calling others ‘racist’
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: President Trump is the master of abhorrent identity politics
Pete Vernon, Columbia Journalism Review: The media today: A year after Trump’s surprise, a new narrative emerges
DeWayne Wickham, carolinacommentary.com: I always stand for the national anthem
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: Looking back: Media was blindsided by Trump campaign
Gary Younge, the Guardian: Why interviewing Richard Spencer was a risk worth taking
Trump Appears to Pursue Vendetta Against CNN
“On Oct. 22, 2016, Donald J. Trump made his own history in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he was holding a campaign rally just weeks before his election,” Jim Rutenberg reported Wednesday for the New York Times.
“ ‘AT&T is buying Time Warner, and thus CNN,’ he told his audience, calling the proposed merger an example of a media ‘power structure’ that was working to suppress his vote and the voices of his supporters. It was, he said, ‘a deal we will not approve in my administration.’
“He specifically cited media concentration. But his singling out of CNN in the context of an alleged plot against him was lost on no one.
“Now, CNN is at the heart of a dispute between the Justice Department and AT&T and Time Warner. Three people from the companies said Wednesday that the department insisted that AT&T divest either CNN’s parent company, Turner Broadcasting, or its valuable DirecTV service in return for approval.
“This raised the chilling possibility that Mr. Trump was making good on his threatening statements in Gettysburg. . . .”
Editorial, Seattle Times: Media consolidation undermines democracy
Brian Stelter, CNNMoney: AT&T takeover of Time Warner hits snag with DOJ as dispute goes public
Calderon Becomes First Afro-Latina Evening News Anchor
“Ilia Calderon will replace Maria Elena Salinas as co-anchor with Jorge Ramos of Univision’s flagship 6:30 p.m. newscast Noticiero Univision in mid-December, the network announced Wednesday,” Marisa Guthrie reported Wednesday for the Hollywood Reporter.
“Calderon, a native of Colombia, becomes the first Afro-Latina to anchor an evening newscast for a major broadcaster in the U.S.
“It is a distinction she also achieved in Colombia, where she was the first black woman to host a . . . national [news] program.
“Calderon will also serve as co-host of Univision’s Sunday night newsmagazine, Aquí y Ahora (Here and Now), which airs on Sunday nights, alongside Teresa Rodriguez. . . .”
Soledad O’Brien, HuffPost: We Must Challenge The Systemic Hurdles All Latina Women Face
Worldwide, Youth Being Taught News Literacy
Last month, “The Gleaner daily in Jamaica hosted a timely forum about news literacy,” the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers reported Tuesday.
“Ten secondary students had been suspended after they launched social media challenge . . . encouraging people to describe the extent to which they would go for sexual pleasure.
“ ‘These youngsters tend to be very creative and talented,’ Clement Lambert, a University of West Indies education professor, told The Gleaner. ‘So sometimes when some schools are giving up the aesthetics for other subjects because they want the high passes in the sciences, while ignoring other talents for the children, we’re at fault, too.’ . . . “
The association cited the forum as one way that “News organizations around the world are finding new ways to show young audiences how to critically examine content for its credibility — and have some fun in the process.”
“By means of a set of free reports and an extensive database, both commissioned by the American Press Institute, WAN-IFRA suggests more than 100 ways news organizations can get started on the crucial task of helping young audiences learn to use the news and navigate all kinds of content,” Aralynn McMane reported.
HuffPost Talks to 13 Asian Americans About Eyes
“When we talk about Asian eyes, we talk about slantedness, roundness, smooth monolids and deep eyelid folds. But what we’re also talking about is Westernization, beauty standards and self-acceptance,” Jessica Prois wrote on Oct. 31 for HuffPost.
Her story was part of “Listen to America,” in which HuffPost hit the road “to interview people about their hopes, dreams, fears — and what it means to be American today.”
“To talk about Asian eyes is to have a unique lexicon,” Prois continued. “There are clinical terms — like the epicanthal folds. There are secret tools and routines — like eyelid tape. And there are hushed ways to talk about permanent changes — like ‘getting your eyelid surgery.’
“For Asians and Asian-Americans, eyes are the literal portal through which we perceive beauty standards — and they’re often the physical feature we use to measure ourselves against these benchmarks.
“In America, there’s a history of Asian eyes, racism and disenfranchisement. Propaganda signs at the time of Japanese-American imprisonment during World War II or when the Chinese Exclusion Act was in force during the 19th and 20th centuries depicted characters with hyperbolized slanted eyes to dehumanize Asians. And these stereotypes persist today.
“Asian-Americans who spoke to HuffPost expressed everything from dissatisfaction to ultimate acceptance of their eyes and appearance. Their feelings about Asian eyes were fraught with centuries-old, cross-continental beliefs about attractiveness. They described a confluence of factors informing how they see their eyes — including a history of war, Westernization, an unforgiving media and unattainable beauty standards.
“Below, hear from 13 Asian-American men and women about slants, folds, taunts and self-acceptance. . . .”
A Random Street Survey on Like, Dislike of ‘Latinx’
“What is Latinx and why do so many people dislike the term?” NBC Latino asked on Tuesday. “NBC Latino went out to the streets of New York to ask people what they think about the term.” (video)
Lawyers, Legislators Fight Criminalization of Poverty
“While most people in this country believe that debtors’ prisons are a thing of the past, Americans are in jail by the thousands for no other reason than being unable to pay a fine and its accompanying fees — which is unconstitutional, in many instances,” Peter Edelman wrote Friday for the Nation.
“Yet even when jail doesn’t ensue, the courts’ policy of garnishing wages and seizing tax refunds creates a prison of another kind. An estimated 10 million people currently owe a collective $50 billion in court debt.
“Meanwhile, even more people are locked up pending trial on low-level misdemeanors or violations because they can’t afford the bail set for them.
“Altogether, roughly 500,000 people are in jails across the country simply because they are poor. These men and women haven’t been found guilty of any crime. Rather, most of them have merely been accused of low-level infractions that shouldn’t be crimes at all and that often don’t carry jail time. One result is that many low-income people plead guilty just to get out even if they are innocent, leaving them with a lifetime of collateral consequences. (For more on this, see ‘The Injustice of Cash Bail,’ by Bryce Covert, in the November 6 issue of The Nation.)
“The criminalization of poverty has metastasized into other areas as well. . . .”
However, Edelman wrote later in the piece, “Across the country, a growing movement is pushing back, using everything from law to legislation to policy to dismantle the vicious circle of debt and incarceration that traps so many poor people.
“Lawyers have been at the forefront of this push. . . .”
Stigmatized Pygmy Teens Trained as Reporters
“Radio Mwana aims to empower the province’s indigenous people by training pygmy teenagers as youth reporters,” Christopher Clark reported Tuesday from Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo, for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“Sixteen-year-old Elisée Nyanokonzo used to be afraid to walk alone around the streets of Mbandaka, the crumbling provincial of Équateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“As a Batwa pygmy, Nyanokonzo was constantly fearful of being taunted or attacked by someone from the majority Bantu population, known to routinely stigmatise the Batwa minority.
“ ‘I never felt comfortable approaching a Bantu. I’d been made to believe I was less than them, that we pygmies weren’t whole people,’ Nyanokonzo told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“But that changed last year, when Nyanokonzo was recruited into a project at a community radio station called Radio Mwana — meaning ‘child’ in the local Lingala language.
“Launched in late 2014 with the support of Congolese non-profit groups Secteur Media and Children’s Radio Foundation, Radio Mwana aims to empower the province’s indigenous people by training pygmy teenagers as youth reporters.
“Together with young Bantu reporters, Nyanokonzo and other teenage Batwa reporters now produce eight radio programmes a month, drawing a sizable listenership across Mbandaka and in the forested countryside that surrounds the city. . . .”
- Few black journalists are covering statehouses, but Tia Mitchell of the Florida Times-Union is leaving that beat to cover DeKalb County, Ga., for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It was a good move for me because I get to move to a larger media organization in a larger market while still covering politics,” Mitchell said by email Thursday. “It also gets me closer to my family in Kentucky. I’m sure you know how newsy of a beat covering DeKalb County government will be. There are plenty of important stories to tell.” Todd Duncan, senior editor at the AJC for local government and business teams, said Mitchell “will be our DeKalb County reporter, responsible for covering the financial and political activity of the government that represents about 750,000 residents.”
- Errin Haines Whack, Philadelphia-based reporter for the Associated Press, has been appointed lead reporter on the AP’s race and ethnicity team and national writer for the AP, the news cooperative announced on Wednesday. More than two dozen journalists are on the team.
- In seven years as a writer, blogger, and journalist, Jay Caspian Kang, 37, “has produced a genre-crossing and unpredictable body of work including memorable bylines with titles ranging from prestige to obscure. His writing on sports, pop culture, gambling, civil rights, and what it means to be Asian-American has attracted praise for style and thoughtful analysis on race,” Karen K. Ho wrote Wednesday in a profile for Columbia Journalism Review.
- “Patricia Mazzei, a prolific reporter at the Miami Herald who covers politics, natural disasters and seemingly everything else of consequence in South Florida, will be joining The New York Times as our next Miami Bureau Chief,” the Times announced Monday.
- Responding to an accusation by journalist Danielle Young in The Root that the Rev. Jesse Jackson made an “unwanted” advance and comment during a photo-op after a media event, a representative for Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition said, “Although Rev. Jackson does not recall the meeting three years ago, he profoundly and sincerely regrets any pain Ms. Young may have experienced,” WMAQ-TV in Chicago reported.
- “CNN en Español senior anchor Patricia Janiot is leaving the network after almost 26 years,” Veronica Villafañe reported Monday for her Media Moves site. “She announced her departure — first to colleagues and then on live television during her ‘Panorama Mundial’ newscast tonight, saying she had decided to accept a new position that would ‘broaden her horizons’ and bring ‘new challenges’ to her journalism career, echoing the announcement on social media. Multiple sources have confirmed to Media Moves that her’new challenge’ will be as an anchor at Univision network, based in Miami. . . .”
- “The National Black Programming Consortium has changed its name to Black Public Media,” Dru Sefton reported Tuesday for Current.org. “The 38-year-old nonprofit, a member of the CPB-backed National Minority Consortia, began to use the moniker in its branding in 2013. Its adoption as the name of the nonprofit organization as well reflects BPM’s broadening reach, said Leslie Fields-Cruz, executive director. . . .”
- “The first Vogue cover produced under Edward Enninful has been released, signalling the new editor’s mission to make political statements, not just fashion ones,” Jess Cartner-Morley wrote Tuesday for Britain’s Guardian. “The coverlines make no mention of trends, It bags or new mascaras. Instead there is a list of power players in politics and the arts, including Sadiq Khan, Skepta, Steve McQueen and Zadie Smith. These names — diverse in age as well as ethnicity — outnumber the more familiar fashion names of Kate Moss, Christopher Bailey, Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne. . . .” In April, Enninful “became the first male editor of British Vogue since its founding in 1916, and the first black editor of any edition of Vogue,” Vanessa Friedman reported then for the New York Times.
- Noy Thrupkaew, a Los Angeles-based investigative journalist, and Maria Martin, director of GraciasVida Center for Media, a Houston-based media advocacy and production and training non-profit , are among 16 recipients of grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism to support reporting projects, the fund announced Wednesday.
- Dwight Lewis, who spent 40 years at The Tennessean in Nashville as reporter, editorial page editor and columnist, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, the organization announced Oct. 31. Lewis “consistently used his voice to raise awareness about pressing civil liberties and civil rights issues, focusing on human rights and the powerless.”
- Les Payne, retired reporter, columnist and editor at Newsday, is to be inducted into the 2017 New York Journalism Hall of Fame on Nov. 16, the Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, announced Oct. 9.
- A statue of Frank Rizzo, former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner, will be moved from Center City Philadelphia to a new location decided by the Philadelphia Arts Commission, Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration announced, Ray Boyd, audience engagement editor for the Philadelphia Media Network, wrote on Monday. Boyd reported readers’ reactions. “For some, the statue pays homage to a man they revere as a champion of law and order and the common man. For others, the statue brings up memories of a man they feel enacted policing policies that disproportionately targeted African Americans and other people of color. . . .”
- “Inspiring Woman,” the first web series by public television’s “American Masters” series, debuted Wednesday. In the first of its six episodes, “Tracy Clayton shares her journey building a career as a writer, humorist and co-host of BuzzFeed’s award-winning podcast Another Round, including the evolving representation of black women in pop culture, Black Twitter, and her generalized anxiety disorder.” Trailer
- In Venezuela, “Journalist Jesús Medina was found alive the night of Nov. 6 on a highway between Caracas and La Guaira,” Paola Nalvarte reported for the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. “The journalist was semi naked and had suffered severe blows to his face and body, El Nacional reported. Through his Twitter account, Medina said he was tortured and threatened with death. He thanked the press, his colleagues and all those who pressured for him to be found. ‘I was born again to continue reporting the truth and to fight more for my country, Venezuela,’ Medina wrote, adding that he was currently being sheltered. . . .”
- The International Federation of Journalists said Wednesday it “has backed calls for the Iranian government to drop criminal charges against dozens of journalists working for the BBC’s Persian language service in London. Members of IFJ affiliate the National Union of Journalists have been charged with conspiracy against Iran’s national security. The move follows a ban on 152 named individuals buying or selling property inside Iran, effectively freezing their assets. . . .”
- “At least one security guard was killed as fighters stormed a private television station in the Afghan capital, Kabul,” Al Jazeera reported Tuesday. “An employee at Shamshad TV told TOLOnews on Tuesday that the attackers, who were wearing police uniforms, entered the station’s building after detonating explosives at the gate. . . .”
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