Special Report: Inside the toxic mediasphere of Black exceptionalism

CJR · Special Report: Inside the toxic mediasphere of Black exceptionalism

 

When Samuel Getachew was a sixth grader in the Oakland public school system, Akintunde Ahmad was a “hometown hero,” headed to Yale. On this week’s Kicker, Ahmad, now a CJR contributor and Ida B. Wells fellow, and Getachew, a rising first year at Yale, discuss the media’s misuse of successful Black students.

SHOW NOTES

Black Valedictorians and the Toxic Trope of Black Exceptionalism, Samuel Getachew, New York Times

The Bleak Truth Behind My ‘Inspiring’ Path From Oakland to Yale, Akintunde Ahmad, The Atlantic

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Amanda Darrach is a contributor to CJR and a visiting scholar at the University of St Andrews School of International Relations. Follow her on Twitter @thedarrach.