I love Rock Center with Brian Williams for many reasons—the chief one being that he’s a truth-teller. I adore a reporter who digs down to the meat—who’s not afraid to find the hard stories, ask the hard questions and shine a light on the hard issues. Today, I share this video, produced for Brian Williams’ show, in which NBC’s African American anchors and correspondents talk about their coverage of the Trayvon Martin case, but in a much more personal way. In it, Lester Holt, Tamron Hall, NFL coach Tony Dungee, correspondent Ron Allen, Toure and theGriot.com executive editor David A. Wilson, detailing their own personal struggles with being racially profiled in stores, while driving, even while reporting stories.
Of course, their experience is not earth-shattering for black folk and other people of color; it’s a way of life for many of us. Still, it may be eye-opening for others who can’t relate to what we average, everyday people go through, but perhaps might think a little harder about it when beloved Today show anchor Lester Holt explains what it’s like to be singled out or have complete strangers make assumptions about him—often negative ones—based on nothing more than his skin color, or when Tamron Hall relays “the talk” her father gave her brother giving him the keys to the car and her personal experience being followed around department stores with “security on my back.” It’s an interesting approach, for sure. Take a look.
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