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A reporter and the n-word

2011 January 10
by Kira Banks

A jury will be in the position to decide if Tom Burlington, a reporter-anchor for a Philadelphia television station, was wrongly fired. While the complexities of this individual case bear out in court, I continue to be amused (it’s a better option than infuriated, at times) that we are willing to consider wrongdoing in this individual scenario yet remain resistant to acknowledging systemic disparities.

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