Los Angeles Times executive editor says the word ‘looting’ has racist connotation

Los Angeles Times executive editor says the word ‘looting’ has racist connotation

[Ed. – The word looting carries no connotation of color or anything else. The problem is the paper’s black journalists’ own biases and that of the guilty whites at the paper whom they ‘educate’ on matters of race.]

On Tuesday’s PBS NewsHour, there was a panel discussion about black representation in the newsroom and how recent controversies like at The New York Times would not have happened if black journalists were “at the table.”

[Executive Editor Norman] Pearlstein [sic: his name is spelled ‘Pearlsteine’] then shed light on a debate that occurred at his own paper.

“One of the active debates we had over the past week was about the use of the word “looting” to describe the destruction of property,” Pearlstein said. “The feeling among the black journalists at The Los Angeles Times who frankly educated the rest of us to the fact that looting had a pejorative racist connotation and that comparing it to the kind of behavior of the police and the kind of behavior that we witnessed really was a false equivalency and yet it was one that we were making as journalists if you picked up a copy of our paper.”

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