White suspects, black victims

It’s not specific; it’s systemic.
For 15 years, writing headlines was among the important duties of my job as a news copy editor (in Atlanta and New York). I haven’t published a news headline in about 8 years now, but looking back, I can only hope fervently that I would not have fallen prey to such insidious White Supremacy bias — and that maybe just maybe I would have been able to take note of and advocate against it among my colleagues. I’m embarrassed to say I’m not sure I would have: that’s privilege blindness, not a lack of concern, but either way, bias persists. I sometimes am defensive of broad criticism of “the media” — I know too much about how the sausage is made and I want to think well of the countless well-meaning and hard-working news people out there. But I will do better to call out such shameful perpetuations of racial prejudice, and I hope this kind of comparison helps end or at least decrease it.
 
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About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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