Homewood, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh | courtesy Golden Sky Media
On October 26, 2018, Robert Bowers, a white supremacist who lived in the Pittsburgh suburbs, drove into the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, which has been home, since the 1920s, to a large Jewish population. Armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and several handguns, Bowers entered the Tree of Life synagogue and murdered 11 people.
The murders united Pittsburgh’s media. The city’s newspapers, news sites, and radio and television stations explained how Bowers carried out his heinous act; asked who Bowers was and how he had been drawn to white supremacy; attended the funerals of his victims; conveyed Pittsburgh’s response to such a tragedy. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette earned a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage. For some, the press solidarity in the wake of the murders affirmed their pride in their city. “After a long, emotional several days for my city, my family, my friends, my coworkers and myself, I decided to walk to work, take a few deep breaths and remember why Pittsburgh is the greatest place on Earth,” one local journalist wrote on Facebook.
For many residents of color, the city’s response—and its media—raised questions. Writing for Public Source, local artist Tereneh Idia was blunt: “This is the city where its football team has decided to ignore players’ right to protest police violence but readily emblazons ‘Stronger than Hate’ on their cleats to honor the synagogue victims.” She continued, “Yes, the entire community should grieve over this tragedy. But why is
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