Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Don't call him Asian says Asian Journalist Grp

Can we still call these Asian Elephants?

These people need to give me a break. You don't think his name, Seung Hiu Cho or Cho Hiu Seung, whichever way it goes (I've seen and heard it both ways.) is kind of a dead giveaway?
Like the rest of the nation, we at the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) are stunned at the news of today's shooting at Virginia Tech. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends as they cope with this horrific incident.

As coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting continues to unfold, AAJA urges all media to avoid using racial identifiers unless there is a compelling or germane reason. There is no evidence at this early point that the race or ethnicity of the suspected gunman has anything to do with the incident, and to include such mention serves only to unfairly portray an entire people.

The effect of mentioning race can be powerfully harmful. It can subject people to unfair treatment based simply on skin color and heritage.

We further remind members of the media that the standards of news reporting should be universal and applied equally no matter the platform or medium, including blogs.

Okay, in the future we'll all say things like this: "The suspect is a fill-in-the-blank of fill-in-the-blank build. Will that make you happy? Is that what you want?

And does that mean we can call you the AMERICAN JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION?????