Friday, March 12, 2010

Sometime RTWT just says it all

I've been trying to think about how to address this from Ta-Nehisi Coates, but honestly, I don't have much to add. The study is disturbing, but the coverage is equally disturbing and discouraging. But don't take my word for it. Go and read it. Here's a sample, to whet your appetite:
Second this kind of reporting turns a serious problem into a kind of show which people from all political points of view use to graphically (if erroneously) drive home their point--mainly, it sucks to be a single black woman. Which leads to the third problem, the entire framing fits into a narrative of single black female tragedy that's been everywhere of late. If you think about it, there's really no reason why this story couldn't have gone in another (though equally erroneous) direction and declared "Study Finds Median Wealth For Single Latinas At $5." Why didn't it? Latinos are this country's largest minority. Until they are not.

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