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Today is Juneteenth. “Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day,” says the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “Though it has long been celebrated among the African American community, it is a history that has been marginalized and still remains largely unknown to the wider public. The legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of deep hope and urgent organizing in uncertain times.”

Today and everyday, EdNC will be considering our role and the media’s role in perpetuating structural racism. 

We should not have had to be reminded of the power of the media. Now is the time to reconsider when and how we cover the news.

Perhaps nothing underscores the importance of the need to be reflective as will the news of this day. It is widely rumored that at 9:30am the UNC System will announced that Peter Hans will be the next system president. A system struggling with its own role in white supremacy and structural racism making the announcement on Juneteenth only serves to underscore the seeming invincibility of oppression. A teacher said to me on hearing the news, “the cruelty is the point.”

EdNC will be covering the news of the transition another day.

 

 

These are the sources EdNC checks every day: The New York Times, Education Week, The Washington Post, The Hechinger Report, Inside Higher Ed, Education Next, Vox, Governing, NPR Ed, The News & Observer and Wake Ed Blog, The Charlotte Observer, Carolina Public Press, The Asheville Citizen-Times, The Winston-Salem Journal, The Fayetteville Observer, The Greenville Daily Reflector, Wilmington-Star News, The Hickory Daily Record, The Durham Herald-Sun, The Greensboro News & Record, The Lexington Dispatch, FOX Breaking News, WRAL, WUNC Radio, The Associated Press, State Government Radio, The Governor’s News, The Lieutenant Governor’s News, The N.C. General Assembly’s News, DPI’s News, The Carolina Journal, NC Policy Watch, and NC SPIN. If you have a source you’d like us to consider or an article you think needs to be included, email mrash@ednc.org.


Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.


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