The Media DID Promote The "Racial Reckoning"
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Many people think I’m just making up the term “racial reckoning” for describing the mainstream media’s enthusiasm for promoting riot and crime following the death of George Floyd. But, though in decline during the 2022 election season, when it suddenly became the conventional wisdom that the racial reckoning never happened, it is still being used. From the Washington Post:

How Penn State abandoned a big pledge on racial justice

Many universities have committed to a racial reckoning. But what happens when the leadership changes?
By Nick Anderson
January 5, 2023 at 6:00 a.m. EST

After the 2020 police killing of George Floyd, Eric J. Barron joined higher education leaders nationwide in pledging solidarity with protesters seeking racial justice. “It is past time for change,” the president of Pennsylvania State University said.

But like his peers elsewhere, Barron faced intense pressure to take actions that would outlast the rhetoric. So, that December, he touted a Penn State commission’s proposal to establish a scholarly initiative dedicated to anti-racism. “This is an important recommendation because it goes straight to the educational mission of the university,” Barron said in a video town hall.

By the time Barron retired this past spring, Penn State had announced the formation of a Center for Racial Justice and opened a faculty-led search for a founding director.…

Now, though, Penn State’s version is dead. Barron’s successor, Neeli Bendapudi, canceled the project in late October, avowing a commitment to equity and inclusion but saying it would be “more impactful” to enhance support for existing work on racial bias. …

The episode underscores how a major university’s promises during an intense period of national racial reckoning are vulnerable to the passage of time and changes in leadership.

Uses of “racial reckoning” in the Washington Post / New York Times / CNN:

  • Before Ferguson (ending 8/6/2014): 0 / 2 / 1
  • From Ferguson to George Floyd (8/7/14 to 5/24/20): 3 / 6 / 3
  • May 25, 2020 to 12/31/2020: 26 / 55 / 104
  • 2021: 27 / 91 / 104
  • 2022: 7 / 47 / 19

It appears that the use of the term “racial reckoning” was fading in 2022, although less so in the NYT, which publishes more cultural bosh, than in the WP or CNN,  which are more focused on what the Democratic National Committee talking points are this week.

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