Diversity in Media

WUNC Commits To Anti-Racism

Sep 11, 2020
Laura Pellicer / WUNC

Black lives matter. WUNC believes this because it is true, and truth fuels what we do at North Carolina Public Radio.

WUNC does not believe that saying Black lives matter is a political statement, or supportive of any single organization, or that it conflicts with our journalistic mission.

In fact, saying and believing that Black lives matter enhances that journalistic mission, by acknowledging the various levels of systemic racism with which our social, political and corporate establishments are infused.

Cummings headshot.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In a time of great political upheaval, the country has lost a formidable force. Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings passed away last week at the age of 68.

photo of a young girl in a pink tutu
Courtesy of Whitney Wingate

As a former English teacher and Ph.D. candidate, Whitney Wingate believes strongly that words, books and stories matter. So when she had her first child three years ago, it did not take long for her to realize that children’s literature left much to be desired.

Geoff Livingston / Flickr Creative Commons

Whether the result of uninformed reporting or newsrooms lacking in diversity, the media’s depiction of Muslims can be simplistic and inaccurate.

It sometimes presents Muslims as violent, extreme, and monolithic, creating a culture of fear and blame that victimizes them.