Media Bias and Black Communities

In the wake of the killing of Freddie Gray and the subsequent uprising, many media outlets focused on tired stereotypes about black criminality rather than the years of oppression that sparked the protests. Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange, and Stacey Patton, reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Education, will talk about how dehumanizing media coverage can reinforce bias and negatively impact black communities. Joseph Torres, senior external affairs director of the Free Press, will moderate.

This event is part of Open Society Institute–Baltimore’s Talking About Race Series, cosponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, which continues to explore the many facets of this complex subject.


  • Rashad Robinson is the executive director of ColorOfChange.
  • Stacey Patton is a reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Joseph Torres (moderator) is senior external affairs director of the Free Press.
  • Diana Morris (introductory remarks) is the drector of Open Society Institute–Baltimore.
Date: September 29, 2015
Time: 7:009:00 p.m.

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201