Why did the journalist or person over media imaging decide to display a video of Black customers - that have absolutely nothing to do with this story (just happen to be using a laundry mat) - when all parties involved are actually white? It only takes a quick Google Image search for the names of those charged to find updated images of those involved.
As luck has it, I am doing research on the history of racial tensions in Southeastern North Carolina. This is a problem that no one wants to address, but is regularly seen in media publications. It may not be maliciously executed, as probably in the case here, but it is disturbing to see how two Black customers that were not involved in this incident are plastered throughout the video while a report of two White accused criminals is being read in the background.
How unfortunate that WWAY TV did not notice this age-old, stereotypical trend of promoting images of minorities with violent crimes in the media. Citizens of North Carolina have worked very hard to lift the state out of the shadows of its racially-charged past. Please exercise more cultural sensitivity when creating these types of stories. Also, a ten-second Google search can also help with providing updated images of actual people involved. If publication rights to pictures is an issue, why not avoid showing people - of any race - at and just show a picture of the building where the crimes occurred?
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