A Hesitant Attack on NPR

Dear NPR,
I find myself in the awkward position of pointing out a strange case of seeming racism that occurred in one of your broadcasts Monday. While discussing schools in Winston-Salem, your reporter talked about African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, and…Whites. So now my ‘race’ is defined by a color? Why do your reporters refer to some races by their hyphenates and some by their color? It’s not like it happened in two different reports; it was the same reporter in the same report talking with a school principle that he’d been talking with for several minutes, so it’s not like there’s an excuse. Please, either call African-Americans ‘Black’ and Caucasians ‘White’ or vice versa, but don’t do one for one group and another for another. Have some consistency.

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