The Kansas Metropolis Star’s high editor has apologized for previous many years of racist protection and the newspaper has posted a collection of tales analyzing the way it ignored the issues and achievements of Black residents and helped preserve Kansas Metropolis segregated.
The newspaper mentioned a detailed examination of its previous protection and that of its longtime sister newspaper, the Kansas Metropolis Occasions, documented how they typically wrote about Black residents solely as criminals or folks residing in crime-plagued neighborhoods and ignored segregation in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, and its public colleges.
“It’s properly previous time for an apology, acknowledging, as we accomplish that, that the sins of our previous nonetheless reverberate right now,” Mike Fannin, the Star’s president and editor, wrote.
The Star’s apology and its prolonged collection of tales, posted on its web site on Sunday, adopted a Los Angeles Occasions editorial in September apologizing for previous racially biased protection. The Montgomery, Alabama, Advertiser in 2018 apologized for “shameful” many years of protection of lynchings, and Nationwide Geographic journal apologized the identical 12 months for its previous racist protection.
Fannin wrote that the Star had bolstered segregation, “disenfranchised, ignored and scorned generations” of Black residents and for many years “robbed a complete neighborhood of alternative, dignity, justice and recognition”.