The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and its CEO and president Benjamin Todd Jealous are voicing their concern over a report of a “Dark Skinned Male” that it deemed irresponsible, reckless, and counterproductive
The NAACP expressed concern over yesterday’s erroneous report from CNN reporter John King that a suspect, described as “a dark skinned male,” had been apprehended in connection to the Boston Marathon bombing. The report came from an anonymous source and turned out to be untrue.
“The fact that this information was false is only part of the problem,” said Jealous. “Our concern is that CNN used an overly-broad, unhelpful and potentially racially inflammatory categorization to describe the potential suspect. History teaches us that too often people of color are unfairly targeted in the aftermath of acts of terrorism.”
“We ask that CNN and all media outlets exercise caution and weigh the potential implications of such categorizations in future reports,” Jealous concluded.
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