Black Press was very much a reaction to the portrayal of African American people in the mainstream media during the early 1800s.
By the time of the Civil War, there were 40 newspapers dedicated to serving African American audiences. By 1900, she said, there were more than 600.
Today, there are around 200, including the Philadelphia Tribune, which is the oldest continuously operated black newspaper in the country. And there are numerous websites that seek to tell the stories of African American people, as well as inform that community.
In 2013 - 186 years after the founding of the first black newspaper, Freedom’s Journal - do we still need a Black Press?
Do the mainstream media still treat non-white folks differently? Is there ignorance that remains, such as the unfortunate Vogue cover with Lebron James that recalled a 1917 military recruiting poster?
Or was the symbolism of the above image an honest mistake?
In the Obama-era, is it anachronistic to have news outlets that break down audiences by race or ethnicity?
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