Ten Black journalists speak about how they have covered the protests, the hurdles and dilemmas they face, and why their industry still has work to do.
Sunday’s show, a virtual event because of the coronavirus pandemic, featured a number of highly produced, well-crafted and taped performances. The BET Awards kicked off with Black artists rapping and singing anthems about the Black experience and fighting for equal rights. Among them, DaBaby, with his face pressed against the ground as an officer’s knee crippled his neck — replicating the last moments of George Floyd’s life — rapped a verse from the Black Lives Matter remix of his hit song Rockstar.
Marsha Cooke, SVP of impact at Vice Media, on Wednesday blasted advertisers for demanding their ads stay clear of sensitive topics online, including the words “George Floyd,” “Black Lives Matter” — and even “Black people.”
The change conveys “an essential and shared sense of history, identity and community among people who identify as Black, including those in the African diaspora and within Africa,” John Daniszewski, AP’s vice president of standards, said in a blog post Friday. “The lowercase black is a color, not a person.” The news organization will also now capitalize Indigenous in reference to original inhabitants of a place.
The Los Angeles Times, USA Today and NBC News last week changed their practices to do that, and the National Association of Black Journalists urged other news organizations to follow. Many are studying the idea, including The New York Times and The Associated Press. The death of George Floyd has given momentum to an idea that has essentially been dormant for a number of years.