Blatantly Racist News Story Criminalizes Child

by Jamilah Lemieux

A CBS affiliate in Chicago is under major scruitiny after a soundbite from a 4-year-old recorded after a local shooting was edited to make him look like a wilful future thug.

For those who cannot view the video, the little boy is asked if he is afraid of the violence in his neighborhood and if he will stay away from guns when he grows up. He replies confidently “No, cause I’ma have ME a gun”; the anchor says “That is very scary, indeed.”  However, the unedited version of the video shows that when the child was asked why he’d have a gun, he informed the reporter that he wanted to be a police officer when he grows up. The revelation is followed up by a soundbite from NAACP President Ben Jealous, who criticizes the bad journalism and questions whether the child’s parents were aware of how their son was used.

Welcome to Post-Racial America, folks!


  • rene

    Hmm… ppl are silent on this one. -Dare I say apathy?

  • Leonie Uk

    “Believe half of what you hear and none of what you see”

  • Miss Moon

    SMDH – This is despicable, but not surprising at all unfortunately.

  • OSHH

    SMH post racial my A**.
    That reporter should be fired for a few reasons.

  • Summertime Fine

    Bad journalism? Yes, indeed. “Tell all the truth, not half of it.”
    However, I have a hard time understanding how this is racist…

  • LeeCee

    this is a damn shame

  • boho.barbie

    Wow pure ignorance for the editors of this piece and why is the reporter talking to a six-year old in the first place?…Someone definitely needs to lose their job for this ish!

  • Jae

    It’s racist because it perpetuates the stereotype that Blacks are violent by nature, that we’re born this way. a theory that has been pushed since the antebellum period if not before… that’s why.

  • OhLawd

    A mess

  • Mimi

    I was wondering that same thing. Were there no adults for this guy to talk to?

  • Monzi

    I agree that someone’s job needs to go because they are quite plainly, not doing their jobs. That’s what journalism is supposed to be: relating the facts to the public. Not a spin of the facts, your opinion of the facts, but the facts. This country’s current proliferation of yellow journalism is really becoming more and more outrageous and something needs to be done about it.

  • Bee

    It’s profiling, both of the city that he comes from, and of the child himself…that he willfully wants to become a product of the system, which is false.

    What a shame, and to do this to a child, no less.

  • Me27

    This is a shame…and this is exactly why I always say that local news is sensationalized and they never report the entire story.

  • kesha

    LAWSUIT FOR REAL!!!! That’s all I’m saying.

  • edub

    Makes you wonder what the real story is, always. This is pathetic. Just pathetic.

  • Gives journalism bad name

    Think parents would have a cause to sue for libel as the editing of the story made their son wrongly look like a future violent criminal. At the least, I’d want the station management to issue a statement explaining why and how they came to edit the piece in the way that they did when so clearly the boy was not advocating criminal behavior, but rather the use of a gun by law enforcement. The community in Chicago need to write letters and stand up to the TV station.

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  • binks

    I can’t say I’ am surprised by this the news has always been one of the biggest perpetrator of racial stereotypes of what they choose to show and the truth

  • Rakel

    “Real news” is to boring I guess. It’s a shame the news reports on what they think sells rather than the truth.

  • Clnmike

    Journalism has gone down the drain……

  • Jai

    I agree with you. It’s unfortunate and I’m sure this isn’t the first time this has been done. Smh.

  • poppy

    Why is the reporter asking a 4 yr old about gun violence? This isn’t just about race, but class as well. If this shooting had happen in a middle class community would the reporter felt comfortable asking a 4 yr gun violence if the victim was shot by accident instead of a driveby.

  • L.

    This is why I read news, not watch it on television. The images and videos are not always relevant and can put a bias spin to the story. How did a story about a shooting turn into an interview of neighborhood children?

  • Mrs Smith

    Wow! Thank you so much for bringing this story to my attention. After Living in Chicago for many years, you hear many stories of violence and children during the summer months. After hearing the child speak, i felt so sad that he was becoming another statistic for Chicago. But whats even worse is how the journalist edited a positive to become another negative story. I am appallled at how low the news will go to sale a story! I hope that the city rallies against the news station and gets the person behind the editing out! Enough with the negativity already! From here on out, I will be extremely careful about what I see in the news…

  • Bis4Bri

    Reading the news is no better…. print journalists misquote, edit and spin stories all the time. …

  • msbrooklynqueen

    that is sad

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  • dvine

    i don’t see how this journalist can sleep at night.. they shouldn’t be allowed to speak to children unless the parent is there to give consent..

  • Krissy G.

    I second that. Let’s hope Al Sharpton’s on it….

  • Somebody

    Why is this necessarily racist?
    If it was an asian, hispanic or white child would you jump on that bandwagon as well? Or just bad journalism?

    You think this is the first time this has happened to anybody? Or is this an issue only because it’s a black child?

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