To: KTVU Management

Tell KTVU to Fire Racist Editor & Create a Policy to Ensure This Never Happens Again

Tell KTVU to Fire Racist Editor & Create a Policy to Ensure This Never Happens Again

Fire the editor responsible for choosing to depict an 18-year old crime victim, Nia Wilson, as a criminal & Create a Policy to Ensure This Never Happens Again. The editor at KTVU deliberately tried to devalue the life of 18-year old Nia Wilson by using a picture that tried to paint her as a criminal.

Why is this important?

On Sunday night, Nia Wilson and her sister Letifah, were traveling home from a family event when they were viciously attacked by John Lee Cowell, a 27-year-old white male with a history of violence, at the BART MacArthur Station.

"I looked back and he was wiping off his knife and stood at the stairs and just looked. From then on I was caring for my sister," said Letifah as she held her sister for the last time. Nia Wilson died at the scene.

Nia had just graduated from Oakland High School. Her family said she was interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice or law. She was also a lover of makeup and dance.

Letifah, described her younger sibling as "the most sweetest person on the earth" and reiterated that "she didn't do nothing to nobody" to provoke the attack.

The narratives that news outlets craft about black victims of crime and the incident that claimed their lives matters. We've seen this countless times before, the power that news outlets wield in portraying victims based on images they select, influences societal perception and the actual case itself.

Portraying black victims of crime as "thugs" or criminals has become standard media protocol and we are sick and tired of this shameful and despicable media tactic. We will no longer accept half-hearted apologies, we demand accountability with the firing of the editor responsible for choosing to depict Nia Wilson as a "criminal" & the creation of a new policy to ensure this never happens again. Pease sign if you agree.

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

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Reasons for signing

  • This was a beautiful, caring loving young woman, there were a gazillion other photos. This is white supremist bias, and it need to end
  • Time for a change of narrative about about people and how we're viewed in the media.
  • The choice of photo was no accident, and follows a long tradition of criminalizing black victims of crime. I've been watching KTVU faithfully for my entire life, but they can lose my support permanently now. I've had enough.

Updates

2018-07-25 20:23:35 -0700

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