Mr. Somerville left out the part where they used it because they wanted to taint Nia’s reputation. How many people in that newsroom saw the photo beforehand and thought it was perfectly okay to harm her and her family like this? I worked in a newsroom years ago, and I can tell you when you’re putting together stories, the copy…
Lecia Michelle 📃
They all probably did, because the people who make such decisions are likely White (or people who has identify and assimilate to benefit from privilege. Can’t tell you how many training I’ve been to where all of the journalist were White and the advocates were Black and Brown trying to get them to see how their unchecked bias and privilege harms us. Even when telling stories of our victimization, journalist and news organizations have a way of doing more harm by describing things that have nothing to do with the incident of victimization they are attempting to describe. It’s the reasons so many rape victims of color don’t come forward. No one wants to be dragged through the mud by some disrespectful writer who won’t suffer any consequences for doing harm with his/her words.
I don’t know why these people feel they need to be so petty, so extra, and so messy…but it’s done to people of color every single day. Unchecked privilege and an inability to see the biases in writing and reporting on crimes against people of color will continue to do harm, if it goes unchecked. Good for people calling it out. I do it do.