NAACP Comments on “Dark Skinned Male” Reference by CNN’s John King

NAACP Comments on “Dark Skinned Male” Reference by CNN’s John King

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From the NAACP:
NAACP Voices Concern over Erroneous CNN Report of Bomber Suspect
Report of a “Dark Skinned Male” deemed irresponsible, reckless, and counterproductive
(Baltimore) — 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 NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd 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.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.
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