Journalism Panelists Discuss Michael Brown Shooting
By Dominique Moody
Aggie Press Contributor
What is justice?
That question and others continue to be asked by many African Americans after the untimely murders of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and other young African-American males throughout the country.
And it was a question raised recently during a panel discussion, “Hands Up! Who’s Shooting: Media Coverage of the Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.” The discussion came during an Oct. 24 Town Hall Summit in the department of journalism and mass communication at N.C. A&T State University.
Panelists, which included Yasmine Regester, a reporter for the Carolina Peacemaker, Linda Callahan, a journalism professor at A&T, and Michael Hewlett, a courts reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal, agreed that media coverage of the Michael Brown incident and similar shooting deaths of young black men throughout the country help shed light on a major problem in America. Media coverage also demands that the question of equal rights and justice be examined.
Callahan noted that justice can consist of many things.
“Justice is no one having special privileges, and everyone has an equal opportunity to be treated equally,” she said.
Yet, in today’s judicial system, African Americans reflect a disproportionate number of those who populate the courts and prisons. Such numbers lead to the question of “white privilege” which may be why a police officer felt it was OK to gun down an unarmed black male two months ago in a predominantly black town outside St. Louis, Mo. Read more