This week’s BCC Interview is with Wesley Lowery, a correspondent at CBS News and Quibi’s 60 in 6. I’ve appreciated Lowery’s work for awhile, both as a journalist and as an introspective observer of the field – with a willingness to engage with those...
Brusque, supercilious, and wrong: Yesterday's defenders of the "objective neutral" sound a lot like today's.
WesleyThese remarkable letters, in which W.E.B. Du Bois fights with a white editor at the Encyclopedia Britannica in 1929 over bad edits to his writing, reveal how little has changed in a century of mainstream writing on race
What is it like when a city abandons a neighborhood and the police vanish? Business owners describe a harrowing experience of calling for help and being left all alone.
WesleyI've never spoken to a black activist -- from reformers to abolitionists -- who desire or advocate for what played out in Seattle: a neighborhood taken over by (largely white) armed vigilantes
Whether the opponent was cancer, the Supreme Court, or far-right hatred, in his last months and years the Civil Rights icon never gave up.
WesleyToday, a black man who bled for the right to vote will be eulogized by a black President. In recent weeks, read his words and spoken with his friends and reported on his final months
My latest, for @GQ: John Lewis' Final Fights
The murderers of Timothy Coggins could have been caught within weeks—if only Georgia police had wanted to.
WesleyIn 1983, Timothy Coggins, a black man who’d been dating a white woman, was lynched in Spalding County, GA. After just two weeks, police largely abandoned the investigation.
My latest: the story of how decades later Coggins’ killers were brought to justice
Many prominent writers and thinkers seem invested in the notion that simply facing strong public criticism is a threat to free speech.
Wesley"Facing widespread criticism on Twitter, undergoing an internal workplace review, or having one’s book panned does not, in fact, erode one’s constitutional rights or endanger a liberal society."
via Tony Webster/Flickr The authors of a controversial paper on race and police shootings say they are retracting the article, which became a flashpoint in the debate over killings by police, and n…
WesleyThe authors of one of the academic papers most often trotted out to claim there is no racial bias in police shootings issue a full retraction following its repeated “misuse” by conservative pundits and note they made claims unsupported by their study
Two history professors’ text-message debate led to the discovery of a long-forgotten letter showing how Frederick Douglass really felt about a statue of Abraham Lincoln and a slave that’s now under national scrutiny.
We’re finally feeling empowered to speak openly about racism in the newsroom.
Wesley“We are risking jobs and status and a metaphorical stoning by bigots on social media to call out an industry that reports on racism and segregation while shamefully allowing it to fester within.”
The respected newspaper outed and shamed a private citizen for past offensive behavior. But did anyone even want this?
Wesley“As the story about the two-year-old Halloween party was being reported, senior managers at the Post had recently received 32 pages of employees’ stories about racism and discrimination within the company, gathered by the employee union”
WesleyDemocracy dies in darkness! Except for when we’re ask to explain our own decision making. In that case, no comment
What’s different, in this moment, is that the editors of our country’s most esteemed outlets no longer hold a monopoly on publishing power.
WesleyWhat if we built a journalism where instead of judging a reporter’s ability to be fair and accurate based on their tweets, we instead judged them based on their journalism? Let’s abolish “your tweet” emails and meetings
A review of publicly available data in three areas reveals that much of an officer’s job revolves around handling routine calls rather than violent crime.
WesleyA reasonable question asked by those confused about “defund” and “abolish” is: so how would violent crime be handled?
Important to note that the police spend almost none of their time — 4% — dealing with violent crime