Boss of (Washington) Kansas City Star Monday apologized on behalf of the American daily for decades of racist and non-discriminatory coverage on the black minority.
In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and subsequent nationwide protests, “when we wrote this year about systemic racism in Kansas City,” how did we not put it under the microscope? Star It has covered black society for years, “said Mike Funnin, president and editor of the newspaper.
This introspective work comes as the United States reflects from the spring on the past of racism and secession, amid waves of historic protests against discrimination.
“For 140 years, this organization has been one of the most influential forces in shaping the city of Kansas and its territory. […], It has ostracized, ignored and despised generations of blacks, ”he wrote.
The newspaper, which has a large white readership, published a series of six surveys on Sunday. They show coverage that the black minority of the region has been neglected for years, except when its members have committed crimes.
For example, until Charlie Parker’s death in 1955, the newspaper actually wrote about this jazz legend from Kansas City. But only four memorial paragraphs were allowed for him in the diary, which sketched his name and misrepresented his age.
In 1977, the Star More than 25 people, including eight African Americans who died in the disaster, also focused on flood damage to white businesses.
This discrimination led to the newspaper’s “lack of trust and credibility” in black society, Mike Funnin discouraged.
“We are definitely not perfect today,” he added. “There’s still a lot of work, but at least it’s a start.”