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POLITICS INSIDE NEWS ROOM.....OXFORD UNIVERSITY

By edwinmakitla12 All Rights Reserved ©

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FEES MUST FALL, STATUE MUST FALL

Chapter 4

POLITICS INSIDE NEWS-ROOM. OXFORD UNION.

A few weeks ago OXFORD UNIVERSITY {OXFORD UNION} tackled the term (right to strike) politics in an episode of Scandal at oxford union. It’s when students in positions of influence, usually politicians and the media, use loaded and general terms to describe something but those terms are targeted at a specific audience and not the general population. So like a black student, those are the message intended for, will hear the message loud and clear – everyone else may skip over it and not recognize anything odd.

So let’s use a few examples shall we? ‘’right to strike’’ ‘’oxford union debate’’ ‘’fees must fall’’ ‘’wits must fall’’ ‘’Zuma must fall’’ ‘’language policy’’

What does the word ‘’strike’’ mean? When I was taught English back in 2001. It meant opposite to white students, so of the city of oxford. Now however it has become code for black. So when we hear people talking about neighbourhood ‘’AFRICA’’. We know talking about black communities because honestly in a city like LONDON, every Neighbourhood is white right?

What about the word BLACK? What is this word most often used? To refer to black women and their attitudes which are seen as “extra” or “too much” and basically just angry at the world.

What about when someone is referred to as well-spoken? What is the implication of such a statement? When you call a black person well-spoken, well-mannered or articulate you need to be very aware of the fact that it implies you expect less or different because of who they are. As if someone being articulate is something that should be a characteristic of their personality which is a black student who wanted education so badly. As if you would ever tell a white person they speak really well. These are small triggers that speak volumes and we have to be sensitive.

You see, the thing is we need to be having very honest conversations about racism and class in the newsroom not behind close doors and that’s how WITS UNIVERSITY did. We will cover these stories without using black struggle-politicking terms and offending and even alienating a whole group of people through our stories.

Today someone in newsroom said something so important. She said you need to differentiate between intent and impact of a black student. Your intention means nothing if the impact it has on a group is negative. So there’s where the work needs to be done, with us as black people and our so-called ‘’good intentions’’. One day, it won’t be enough to say “oh but I didn’t mean it that way”. People will lose trust in you as a black journalist because you don’t know how to empathize and you do not know how to be culturally sensitive.

I can only speak from the perspective of a black person because I hear the OXFORD UNIVERSITY ‘’white student’ when it’s blown at black student but there are so many groups of people in a country like America, China, Brazil, Spain, France, Germany, so many countries who are alienated daily by the stories we tell. In my home country too south africa, where we have more than two racial groups but often refer to either black or white without taking into account that people of colour have different backgrounds too. We frame people, without meaning to, in lights that are far from flattering and often when it is unwarranted. If you cannot justify your use of language policy then you’re doomed.

The fact is we need diverse newsrooms but the likelihood is that we won’t end up in newsrooms that are representative of all the people of the world so what we need is people who are aware of their bias, are willing to confront it and be well-rounded representatives of a changing media.

But where are we having these conversations? In vacuums. With people who already know and not those who need to know.

WRITTEN BY: EDWIN MPHO MAKITLA

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