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Found on Flickr: Do news photos show racial bias?

Members of Flickr have been posting thousands of photos of Hurricane Katrina. While browsing the latest uploads, we found an active discussion about possible racial bias in captions of both AP and AFP photos.

Flickr member dustin3000 highlighted these photos with the comment:

Look at the two of these photos on Yahoo News - notice anything different between them? According to Yahoo, black people “loot”—white people “find."
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To clairfy, Yahoo most likely did not write these captions They were merely hosting an aggregated feed of wire photos. As well, we don’t know who wrote the captions at either agency: a photographer, a photo editor, a copy editor. But, as you can see from the examples below, it’s troublesome.

See original photos on Yahoo: Top, middle and bottom.

Also see: Black people loot, white people find?

Posted on Aug 30, 2005 | 11:45 pm EST

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