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The White Washing and Racialization of Disasters: From 911 to Hurricane Katrina to Moore, Oklahoma

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Does that mean that white washing the tornados that devastated Moore, Oklahoma is a deliberate attempt by the media to generate more sympathy?  I doubt it.  But even if the coverage generates more support for the victims of the tragedy I am left wondering if the help is given out equitably or do the images we see impact the way we treat people who come seeking help?   

At the very least, the white washing of a disasters, be it 911 or the tornados in Moore, Oklahoma, masks the complexion of the victims and renders invisible her "darker" victims whose lives and loss are every bit as important and every bit as profound.

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Associate Director of Women & Gender Studies, George Mason University, author of African American Families: Myths and Realities (2012), the Social Dynamics of Family Violence (2012), Prisoner Reentry and Social Capital (2011) and several other books (more...)

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I'm not an American, so I didn't exhaustively watc... by lwarman on Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 6:17:01 PM
You make an excellent point. In so many of these ... by Angela Hattery on Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 7:58:58 AM
Would that all were equal! The gist of this Op-Ed ... by Earl Smith on Sunday, Jun 2, 2013 at 4:43:31 AM
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