Bias Roundup: KKK invoked, lynch-like hoodie pulled

Alabama publisher calls on KKK to “night ride”; Kennesaw State student threatened in post citing KKK; Burberry apologizes for noose on hoodie.

The Washington Post reports that the Feb. 14 editorial criticized Democrats and some Republicans for raising taxes, concluding: “Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities up there.”

Two journalism students at Auburn posted the editorial, which wasn’t in the Democrat-Reporter’s online edition.

KKK Oped

At KSU, an African-American student was depicted in a photo while in class with this comment: “Need to call the klan to solve this issue.”

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution,  Elijah John–the 22-year-old student in the photo–stated: “He threatened my life and I’m not OK with that.” The university told the newspaper that the student who posted the photo no longer is enrolled.

Living Media Ethics reported earlier in the month about continuing bias in the fashion industry, with blackface-like shoes, sweater and ornaments pulled from product lines. Now Burberry has apologized for a hoodie with noose.

Fortune reported this apology from Burberry CEO Macro Gobbetti: “We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection Tempest.” Gobbetti removed the product as soon as complaints were posted about it. He said the design “was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake. ”

Living Media Ethics has a chapter on bias and also reports about it on this website.  The subtitle of the text–“across platforms”–showcases the blended media environment, from a print editorial in an Alabama newspaper and social media post, invoking the KKK, to a lynch-like sweater ornament. All made the news. The KKK op-ed was associated with journalism; the KSU University News Service (information public relations) had to answer media requests; the noose-sweater advertisements and promotions had to be pulled.

That is what “across platforms” means.

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