Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Memo to non-Asians: Don't call VT shooter "Asian", got it?

So sayeth the Asian American Journalists Association!
Like the rest of the nation, we at the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) are stunned at the news of today's shooting at Virginia Tech. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends as they cope with this horrific incident.

As coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting continues to unfold, AAJA urges all media to avoid using racial identifiers unless there is a compelling or germane reason. There is no evidence at this early point that the race or ethnicity of the suspected gunman has anything to do with the incident, and to include such mention serves only to unfairly portray an entire people.

Just to make sure I'm understanding this correctly: pointing out that the deranged shooter at VT was Korean somehow makes it look like all Koreans (or all Asians) are deranged shooter wannabes? Not quite.

Then, they reinforce the message to people like me:
We further remind members of the media that the standards of news reporting should be universal and applied equally no matter the platform or medium, including blogs.

Sorry, guys, but I don't worship at your church of political correctness, so I'm gonna have to take a pass on your invitation. Good luck with that.

Exit question: isn't it just a tad bit hypocritical for a journalism organization that identifies itself by their collective ethnicities to be lecturing ANYONE on ignoring race within news stories?

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