“The Truth in Black and White”–Focus on Racism in History of the Kansas City Star

“The Truth in Black and White”: The Kansas City Star Apologizes for History of Racist Coverage

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The truth in Black and white: An apology from the Kansas City Star

  • Mará Rose Williamseducation writer at The Kansas City Star who led the effort to examine the newspaper’s coverage of the Black community.
  • Mike Fanninpresident and editor of The Kansas City Star.


In a historic step, The Kansas City Star, one of the most influential newspapers in the Midwest, has apologized for the paper’s racist history. The paper’s top editor, Mike Fannin, admitted the Star and a sister paper had reinforced segregation, Jim Crow laws and redlining, and “robbed an entire community of opportunity, dignity, justice and recognition” with its biased coverage over many decades. We speak with Fannin and Mará Rose Williams, a longtime education writer at the paper who led the effort to examine the newspaper’s coverage of the Black community following the police killing of George Floyd and the nationwide racial justice uprising this year. “Mainstream newspapers across the country, not just The Kansas City Star, have not done a good job of covering the Black community,” says Williams.

See entire transcript later here today: https://www.democracynow.org/2020/12/30/kansas_city_star_apology_racist_history#transcript

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