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The truth in Black and white: An apology from the Kansas City Star []


Today we are telling the story of a powerful local business that has done wrong.

For 140 years, it has been one of the most influential forces in shaping Kansas City and the region. And yet for much of its early history — through sins of both commission and omission — it disenfranchised, ignored and scorned generations of Black Kansas Citians. It reinforced Jim Crow laws and redlining. Decade after early decade it robbed an entire community of opportunity, dignity, justice and recognition.

That business is The Kansas City Star.

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I read the full story, and I'm genuinely impressed that the Star is not merely apologizing, but examining its past failings and recommitting itself to all the people who read it.

Pretty much every newspaper in the US is guilty of the same things. Thus far, the Kansas City Star and the New York Times are the only ones I've seen that cop to it.

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