A little boy was shot last night after answering the door and being met by a man with a gun. The 9 year old boy was killed, police don’t know why or if the boy was the intended target.
But tonight while watching coverage of the incident on another Nashville station, I was startled to hear the anchor say “the boy was shot when he answered the door and a black man wearing a mask, pointed a gun and said ‘I have a present for you.'”
It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a news report describing someone by their race, especially if it has nothing to do with the story. I know Memphis stations don’t do this and I don’t believe I’ve heard it before on a Nashville newscast.
Race did not have anything at all to do with this story. Why then is it necessary for an anchor/producer/reporter to write it in the copy?