‘Canton Repository’ Launches Multipart Series on Race

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An Ohio newspaper inspired by events during the presidential campaign has begun a multipart series on race relations in a northeast Ohio community.

The Canton Repository began its “Color of Stark” series in its Sunday editions, focusing on racial issues in Canton and surrounding Stark County.

The series includes stories on integration efforts by Canton resident Robert Fisher, on the city’s first black subdivision and current attitudes toward people’s skin color.

The paper says it began the series following controversy that arose when the sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s former pastor, became public during the presidential campaign.

The series includes an editor’s note explaining why the paper chose to use the uncensored n-word in its stories.

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