The Boston Herald did a story on students who are marching to Sanford Fla. to make sure Trayvon Martin stays in the spotlight of the nation.
I had my friend Tyler, who is an African-American, read the article and tell me if he found it to be stereotypical of what he has seen. Tyler is a sophomore at Minnesota State Moorehead University.
Tyler did not find the way this story was reported to be stereotypical at all. He said he found it to be very neutral.
The reason he found it to be neutral was because the writer never says that these are black students doing the marching, just students.
The case with Trayvon Martin has been predominately stressed by African-Americans. I do not know if the reporter just assumed people would think they were black students, or if he didn't want to single it out as a "black" issue.
Tyler found that the way the reporter wrote the story made it seem that students from all races were coming together to see that racial profiling is put to an end.
We both found the quotes to be racially neutral as well. Any number of races could have said them. It is not as if the quotes are saying, "I am a proud African-American, and I don't want to see this injustice anymore."
The reporter did a good job in grouping students together as one, and showing how this isn't a black vs. white thing, but how the students are coming together to fight injustice.
It very well could have been all black students, but that cannot be told through the story.