And speak up when a makes it seem like not only is there such a thing as a “s–hole country,” effectively dismissing an entire people and place.
We don’t want to be a country that believes that children are filth because of the color of their skin. We push back at these kinds of harmful, biased stories, and elevate the news media when it does a good job.
In this digital age, let’s tell stories of our own so that we can change the very lexicon that we use to talk about these things. These messages don’t just provide a reflection of what our society believes, but also who and what it values, and what it believes it should do.
Khadijah Costley White assistant professor in the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers-New Brunswick.