2 Aug 2018

Laziness is no excuse for racial reporting.


Lazy  journalism results in racial profiling.

Among the universe of labels available to describe the crime incidents in Melbourne, the media have, predictably, fallen back on the familiar ground of racial or national identity(This time the term African).

Unconcerned with the great diversity that defines Africa, the label "African gangs" has become lazy shorthand for anyone of African descent. One wonders whether a white person from Africa would be included under this "African gangs" umbrella.

One of the questions many migrants have is why their nationality, race and cultural background has become such a defining feature in crime coverage when the whiteness of other criminal offenders is essentially ignored and rendered invisible.

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