Eagle-Tribune staffers suspended over race policy e-mails

Boston Herald
Jay Fitzgerald reports Lawrence Eagle-Tribune staffers Bryan McGonigle and Ken Johnson got three day suspensions after an e-mail exchange about the use of racial descriptions in crime stories. The two were critical of a new policy that instructs staffers to “refrain from using race to describe or identify people in crime stories, for example, ‘a black man in a green jacket and baseball cap.’” Staffers were told that “unless the rest of the description is detailed enough to be meaningful and distinguishes that person from other members of his or her race, such sketchy descriptions are meaningless, may apply to large numbers of innocent people and tend to stereotype ethnic groups.”
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