Public Editor

'Massacre' headline carries connotation

Here's a point from a reader about a headline on a wire item in yesterday's paper that read "Family massacred."

Really, would that have been the headline had it not been a Native American family? Perpetuating stereotypes? I don't recall other family tragedies being referred to as "massacres". Perhaps that is only used when "the Injuns" are involved.

I checked The Star's past stories in the electronic library and found that word has been used for a wide range of stories about killings. However, who am I or anyone else to question this particular reader's take?

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