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[View the story "Recap: #PHLRaceChat" on Storify]Recap: #PHLRaceChatA snapshot of last night's discussion on race at the National Constitution Center.Storified by PhiladelphiaMagazine· Tue, Mar 19 2013 05:45:20A full house joined Philadelphia magazine and the National Constitution Center last night for the event "Can We Talk ... About Race?" The event was planned after Philadelphia magazine published a controversial cover story titled "Being White in Philly."Packed house for #phlracechat @ National Constitution Center http://instagr.am/p/XBA97wCUtu/Philly MagPanelists joined editor Tom McGrath on stage to discussion the story and to have a larger conversation on race in Philadelphia.#phlracechat panel @ National Constitution Center http://instagr.am/p/XBBZsoCUuQ/Philly MagPanelists
Following the publication of this month's cover story "Being White in Philly," Editor-in-Chief Tom McGrath will moderate a panel discussion called "Can We Talk About Race?" Monday evening at the National Constitution Center. Alongside Tom will be the story's author, Bob Huber, and Dr. Walter Palmer, director of the Palmer Institute and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s urban studies program. A town hall discussion will follow the panel, which begins at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are recommended.
Philly Mag's "Being White in Philly" cover story has received a lot of angry rebuttals. Here's the first light-hearted one, which graces the front of today's Philadelphia Weekly.Inside, a bewildered man feels the pain of an attractive woman in Rittenhouse being trailed by two unseemly fellows, and holds his nose while observing the unkempt masses who shop at his neighborhood organic grocer. Read the whole parody here.
It's been about a week since I read "Being White in Philadelphia," Bob Huber's cover story in the March issue of Philadelphia magazine, and I'm still scratching my head. Like many readers, I was appalled by the piece, not just because of the racism it perpetuates, but also because of its abandonment of the level of journalism that I've come to expect from both the author and the publication.
Exactly what constitutes racism is a matter of debate. But my own sense is that racism takes many forms and one is a preoccupation with race—seeing skin color before the person, or wrongly assuming a person’s race to be a primary cause of their behavior. I believe the story "Being White in Philly," in the March issue of Philadelphia Magazine, is guilty of these forms of racism. And this isn’t an assessment I make with any pleasure.
This month's Philly Mag cover story, "Being White in Philly," has generated a torrent of heated commentary, including from members of our own staff. Love it, hate it, curious about why we published it? Tell it to Tom McGrath, Philly Mag's editor-in-chief, who will be fielding questions via Twitter from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (3/4/13) @phillymag. For background, here's Tom, explaining "Why we wrote about race."
The March issue of Philadelphia magazine is unfortunate. I saw the issue late last week. I still have sort of a hard time believing it's real.Others have already made powerful arguments about what the cover story gets wrong about race. I just wanted to make a few points about why I think the story—“Being White in Philly”—doesn’t make sense as journalism. That’s my lens, and that’s how I’ve been thinking about it.
In many ways, I look at "Being White in Philly," which appears in the March issue of Philly Mag, as the bookend to an article we ran last September. That story, Steve Volk’s gripping “Welcome to Hell,” examined violence in some of the most dangerous parts of Philadelphia through the tales of two teenage boys—one killed by gunfire in his neighborhood, the other with a mother who so feared for his safety that she sent him to live with his father in the Dominican Republic. “Welcome to Hell” brought to life what it’s like to live in the literal equivalent of a war zone, where thousands have died over the past decade and potentially hundreds of thousands more suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Mark Segal sure likes his adjectives. Last Friday the Philadelphia Gay News publisher wrote a column in which he called Philly Mag "racist," "sexist" and "homophobic" for a piece we ran in our January issue about the increasing prominence of gay people in Philadelphia's establishment--most notably, within the once-stuffy walls of the Union League. (To his credit, Segal avoided mentioning "rich people," "the Main Line," and "cosmetic surgery ads"--the usual outdated gripes critics hurl our way. Well done, Mark!)