On Monday, June eight at 19:30 GMT
The video documenting the killing of George Floyd by law enforcement officials couldn’t be extra disturbing. He’s handcuffed and pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer whereas three others look on. The officer’s knee digs deep into Floyd’s neck as he cries that he can not breathe. He calls out for his mom, after which, he dies.
The occasion could show a watershed second in US historical past.
However for Black journalists protecting this story, it’s nothing new. It’s the newest in an extended line of such movies that seize headlines for a time and are then largely forgotten because the information cycle strikes on and nothing modifications.
Journalists are educated to make clear tales and to report the experiences of individuals. However when Black journalists are watching movies of Black individuals being killed by the hands of white law enforcement officials, when they’re telling tales of individuals being accosted for driving whereas Black, strolling whereas Black and jogging whereas Black, they’re telling their very own tales.
Black journalists have stated that doing their jobs at the moment is “exhausting”, that they’re “carrying a novel burden”, dwelling in a “particular form of hell” and “protecting a storm that by no means passes”. In the end, one stated, what they’re doing day-after-day quantities to “screaming into the void”.
On this episode of The Stream, we focus on the emotional toll of being a Black journalist within the US and the influence of protecting viral movies of Black dying.
On this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by:
Patrice Peck, @SpeakPatrice – journalist
Soledad O’Brien, @soledadobrien – journalist
Quincy J Walters, @quincyjwalters – reporter, WBUR Boston
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Supply: Al Jazeera