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FAIR: "Racism, in fact, may be gaining a firmer foothold in American media institutions..."

Many people are aware of the article and controversial racial photos found here  and here http://www.boingboing.net/2005/08/30/black_people_loot_wh.html  titled:

 "White People Find, Black People Loot???"

However below are some recent updates: "Yahoo! has posted this note about these pictures: (after they removed the photos for receiving so many complaints)"

To Yahoo! News readers:

"News photos are an especially popular section of Yahoo! News. In part, this is because we present thousands of news photos from some of the leading news services, including The Associated Press, Reuters, and Agence France Press. To make this volume of photos available in a timely manner, we present the photos and their captions as written, edited and distributed by the news services with no additional editing at Yahoo! News."

"In recent days, a number of readers of Yahoo! News have commented on differences in the language in two Hurricane Katrina-related photo captions (from two news services). Since the controversy began, the supplier of one of the photos – AFP – has asked all its clients to remove the photo from their databases. Yahoo! News has complied with the AFP request."

Here are a few of the postings that have commented on the photo caption language:

Flickr      Salon    Romenesko     Gothamist

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http://www.tonypierce.com/blog/2005/08/black-people-loot-white-people-find.htm

Below are two very large pics and more articles of the "White People Find, Black People Loot" photos.

http://www.boingboing.net/2005/08/30/black_people_loot_wh.html        http://o-dub.com/images/looter.jpg        http://blogs.sohh.com/media_check/archives/2005/08/after_hurricane.html
http://www.keithboykin.com/arch/001467.html
http://www.livejournal.com/community/equality_posse/9087.html

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See also this excellent article published by Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR):

"Racism, in fact, may be gaining a firmer foothold in American media institutions as its promoters adopt more stealthy and sophisticated ways of presenting it."

foud here: http://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/abwwrpeace/2005-06/msg00003.html 
and here: http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2487

thanks for your comments
-love for the people

p.s.

I sincerely apologize for the many links, but since the news item has attracted so much attention, many websites that had the photos, have taken down their photos, so I provided multiple links, to make certain that everyone can see the photos.    Please forward this article.  If the blogosphere can make Yahoo issue an apology for their 'accidental' racism, perhaps some other corporations may see the light in regards to sexism, ageism, racism and other injustices.  Thanks!

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It wasn't racism.

The journalist who wrote the words "looting" saw the people go into the store and take stuff.

The people that were said to had "found" bread was from a flooded store that had everything inside floating beyond the walls of the store.
dear dan,

thanks for your comments and your opinion that it was not racism.

your comments are a common misconception and a misquote.

On either of these websites www.opensource.dsame.com or www.campusactivism.org/displayresource-487.htm you will find two issues: #1 and issue #2 of this zine in both pdf format and document format.

read zine #1 and you will see an open letter to snopes regarding your comment. the journalist never "saw"... again, thats covered in zine #1....throughly....

thanks for your comments.

love for all,

-me
How does this relate to advertising?
As George Carlin once said: "When riots happen in other countries, they kill politicians and leaders. When riots happen in the US, they steal merchandise."

I guess it's to be expected from a government and culture whose first reaction to a natural disaster is worrying about finances.