Magazine April 16, 2012, Issue

Memorandum

CNN
(Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters)

TO: All CNN staff, DOMESTIC ONLY

FROM:  Editorial Policy Committee

RE:  New racial classifications as of March 2012

To All Producers, Writers, and On-Air Talent:

As you know, the recent events in Florida have caused all of us to rethink our editorial policy on racial classifications. As we struggled to frame our reporting of this terrible national tragedy, we were struck by our inability to properly describe the assailant, George Zimmerman — who we were all excited to imagine was a white Jewish man in Florida, but who turned out to be a grave disappointment.

A more complete racial classification of George Zimmerman would have …

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