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After Ferguson: What comes next?

The nature of media coverage is a big part of the answer
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


“What do we do now?” Such questions have been noticeably absent in media coverage in the  aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri in August, especially after last week’s announcement of the decision not to indict the police officer who killed him. Instead, most of the focus has been on if and when violence would erupt after the grand jury decision. “People were on pins and needles,” reported St. Louis native Ken Foxworth, who now lives in the Twin Cities but visited the area two weekends ago during the so-called “countdown” to the November 24 announcement. His family lives “less than seven minutes from Ferguson,” said his brother Maurice Foxworth. Continue Reading →

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Twin Cities Black preachers unite against biased reporting

Spiritual leaders voice parishioners’, community’s concerns on media coverage
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


The local mainstream media has been “culturally arrogant” in its reporting of prominent Blacks, says a ministers’ group. His Works United, “an informal group” of nearly 20 clergy, told reporters at a November 24 morning press conference at New Salem Baptist Church in North Minneapolis that mainstream media outlets have “discounted our community” by not including diverse voices in their reporting. “We believe the voices of the broader African American community are not being heard,” said Rev. Alfred Babington-Johnson. “We will write three sets of letters” and send them this week to the National Football League, the Vikings organization, local media outlets, and the leaders of both political parties “on the unfair treatment of our community” and request to meet with these entities as well, he stated. The recent suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, and the ethics charges levied against the state’s only two Black senators, Jeff Hayden and Bobby Joe Champion, are the group’s main concerns, continued Babington-Johnson. Continue Reading →

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Five million people of color made voting history in 2008

Will voting trend continue in 2012? By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) approximately five million more voters, including Blacks, Latinos and Asians, went to the polls in the historic 2008 presidential election in which America’s first Black president was elected. However, with the rise in voter suppression laws across the country since 2008, approximately five million voters are expected to be affected, says the ACLU. This includes Blacks and other people of color, the elderly, students, the poor and the disabled. “I don’t think it was any accident that after 2008 we found these huge gains in Blacks and Latinos in voting, as well as Asian Americans and Native Americans voting, then all of a sudden all these Republican-held [state] legislatures decided that voter fraud is a problem,” notes University of Minnesota Journalism Professor Catherine Squires. Continue Reading →

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