December 28, 2013 2 Comments
In Racine Wisconsin the perception still exists by the majority that the Racine Journal Times is an informative, investigative source of journalism. The Editorial Board continues to dismiss the real issues that plague our community. Recently the Journal Times Editorial Board publicized an editorial on a bus incident in Janesville, Wisconsin involving a conflict based on race. The editorial board felt compelled to weigh in with an opinion that demonstrated a lack of investigative journalism to support their cause for opinion. The board admitted their belief that “racism is still a serious problem in our state and nation”. Racism not only exist in our state but also locally in the city of Racine. It is the belief of many that the Racine Journal Times does not have to venture to Janesville to find examples. Using the Editorial Board’s opinion would take us back to the days of “Leave it to Beaver. Beaver was not a racist he was just oblivious to all social issues involving race and culture. One suggestion or solution to the blatant disregard to address issues involving race in the city of Racine is to stop using the “ostrich mentality to journalism”. Pull your head out of the ground and make an effort to right the wrongs that plague our community on a daily basis. Racine is not an island and is certainly not utopia.