Former newspaper publisher chides reporter for ‘no whites allowed’ question - News & Citizen

Asking a June 7 police-brutality protest rally organizer why white people weren’t allowed to speak smacks of the reporter’s ‘white privilege,’ says Ross Connolly, former publisher of a Hardwick newspaper and past president of the New England Press Association and the Vermont Press Association.

“Was the question an insinuation that white folks are being discriminated against when they are asked to listen to black people who have been on the receiving end of discrimination? Was the question raising doubt that black people can speak for themselves? The question smacked of someone trying to make a case that white lives, as opposed to black lives, matter. The question smacks of white privilege. White folks need to learn to listen."


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