Write a letter to the editor

Tell the Star Tribune: No more slanted coverage of CeCe’s case! Stop aiding white supremacy and transphobia!

When CeCe went to court on Monday, you supported her and told the prosecutor to drop the charges and end their implicit support of white supremacy and transphobia. The Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article (http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/135050178.html) after the hearing that ignored the injustices Cece continues to suffer, instead feeding into the prosecutor’s and cop’s preferred narrative of the night CeCe was arrested and her treatment while in custody. The Twin Cities Daily Planet, in contrast, published an in-depth, balanced article (http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2011/12/05/cece-mcdonald-goes-court-hearing-miranda-rights-minneapolis) that provided an accurate depiction of events in the courtroom as well as some of the larger issues involved in the case.

As one of the leading papers in the Twin Cities, the Star Tribune should be helping illuminate issues affecting our communities, not contributing to the perpetuation of injustice by ignoring these broader issues and their impacts. As the community, we need to hold them accountable for reporting on the systems of oppression that affect us rather than
helping these systems continue functioning without challenge.

You can help show the Star Tribune what really matters to the community by writing a letter to the editor in response to their story on Monday. Email your letter to Opinion@startribune.com or use the form at http://www.startribune.com/opinion/115289839.html. You can also post your letter as a comment directly on the article’s webpage.

When you write your letter, keep these things in mind:

  • Letters should be clear, courteous, to the point, and 250 words or less.
  • The language in the article goes out of its way to erase the racism and transphobia that fueled the attack against CeCe. This slanted coverage ignores the hate crime that kicked off events that ended tragically.
  • The article’s narrow focus on the official police perspective of what happened the night of CeCe’s arrest only presents one side of the story. Only a police sergeant is directly quoted in the article based on statements he made on the stand, with no direct quotes coming from anyone involved in the defense.
  • The article further presents CeCe’s case without context by not making linkages to other stories the Star Tribune has covered recently, including the case of an armed white person shooting down a person of color alleged to have been involved in a robbery (http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/132807258.html). Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman declined to prosecute the white shooter, saying it was a case of self-defense, but has aggressively pursued a retaliatory prosecution against CeCe.
  • The article ignores the massive amount of community support CeCe is receiving as she fights against these racist, transphobic charges, even though they have reported on this in the past (http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/125379983.html and http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/131325654.html). It also ignores the pattern of attacks against trans people in the Twin Cities, which the paper has reported on previously (for example, the murder of Chrissy Bates: http://www.startribune.com/local/north/134435128.html).

Write your letter of the editor to the Star Tribune today and let them know that we won’t let them get away with reporting the state’s racist, transphobic perspective!

In solidarity,
CeCe’s Support Committee

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