The Press: John Smith, Negro

Almost daily, U.S. newspapers are confronted by a nettlesome problem for which they have found no final answer. The problem: Should Negroes be identified as such in news stories? Many newspapers follow the New York Times's practice, use the racial tag "only when there is a legitimate purpose to be served" or it is "a matter of pride to all of us," i.e., when a Negro is honored. But many other Northern newspapers, and almost all Southern dailies, label Negroes as such whenever they appear in the news. Last week, the Chicago Tribune was...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!