Comments: Contrast and compare

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It just hit me: There was a similar situation back in the 80s with AIDS deaths. Given the stigma attached to AIDS, newspapers stopped listing a cause of death in an obituary for those who died of AIDS-related illnesses. People quickly realized that any obituary without a cause of death meant a AIDS-related death.

Any time the News-Journal fails to list the race of a suspect, people are going to assume the suspect is black, so are they really reducing racism by this act or increasing it?

Apparently, most newspapers stopped listing causes of death due to the connection noted above. Will the News Journal eventually stop listing race for all suspects?

Posted by Paul Smith at January 3, 2008 02:18 PM

Paul: Excellent call on the comparison!

Posted by Hube at January 3, 2008 07:17 PM