Newspaper fears ‘perpetuating stereotypes’ by IDing mass shooting suspect as black

Newspaper fears ‘perpetuating stereotypes’ by IDing mass shooting suspect as black

[Ed. – How long will this charade be permitted to continue?]

A prominent Texas news outlet refused to publish the police-provided description of a suspect believed to be responsible for a mass shooting in Austin, Texas, over concerns that doing so would be “perpetuating stereotypes.”

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When divulging details about the mass shooting, police provided a description of the suspected perpetrator, explaining they were searching for a “black male wearing a black shirt with a skinny build and with dreadlocks.”

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However, the Austin American-Statesman, one of Texas’ most prominent newspapers, refused to publish that description, claiming they would be “perpetuating stereotypes” if they did.

The newspaper placed the following editor’s note at the end of their story:

Editor’s note: Police have only released a vague description of the suspected shooter as of Saturday morning. The Austin American-Statesman is not including the description as it is too vague at this time to be useful in identifying the shooter. …

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