Black Reporter Remains Professional During On-Air Verbal Assault
Last week, a reporter named Emory Victor was on-scene after the shooting death of Michael Disbrowe, who officers in Boone, Iowa claim was wielding a firearm when they fatally shot him. But during her report, she and the cameraman were approached by a woman who began to verbally assault Victor. Her reaction is drawing praise from people all over the Internet.
“Get the f*ck out of here, you stupid f*cking n*gger,” said the woman, who was later identified as the late Disbrowe’s mother by the Des Moines Register.
While the woman repeatedly approached both Victor and the cameraman and even knocked over their equipment, the KCCI television station employees kept their composure and remained professional.
“The safety of our crews is critically important as they cover stories affecting our communities,” said Brian Sather, KCCI’s general manager. “This morning Emmy and Zach demonstrated the utmost professionalism in the face of a very difficult, emotionally-charged situation.”
While the two are being commended for their behavior, there’s an underlying buildup of fear. Immediately, one grows concerned for Victor and any other reporters of color that are often placed in the heart of situations with the potential to go south at a moment’s notice.
Fortunately, things didn’t go that far and everyone involved was able to walk away. But, at the same time, it makes one think twice about taking an entry-level job in the middle of rural America.
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