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 masking this story, it’s nothing new. It’s the newest in a protracted 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 skilled to make clear tales and to report the experiences of individuals. However when Black journalists are watching movies of Black folks 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 mentioned that doing their jobs at the moment is “exhausting“, that they’re “carrying a singular burden”, residing in a “particular sort of hell” and “covering a storm that by no means passes”. Finally, one mentioned, what they’re doing every single 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 affect of masking viral movies of Black loss of life.
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