From the hashtag #blackintheivory to debates about newsroom diversity, we are witnessing a conversation on the complexity of institutional racism. Professionals of color are asked to contribute reporting, research, curatorial insight, and cultural analysis at the highest levels in our newsrooms, universities, and cultural institutions, while simultaneously experiencing institutional racism by being undermined, underpaid, and silenced.
What are the professional risks of speaking out, and how does this opacity impact the journalistic narratives, academic research, and cultural commentary that is published and platformed? Dr. Lorenzo Baber (@doczo) and curator Chaédria LaBouvier (@chaedria), in conversation with Data & Society Newsroom Outreach Lead Smitha Khorana, take a deep look at “auto-censorship” and how the pressure to conform is perhaps the most salient form of censorship.
Cataloguing these stories is a nascent form of research as we collect data points about the breadth, scope, and mechanisms of structural racism.
This talk was recorded Wednesday, June 24, 2020.