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Images & Voices of Hope | December 2, 2020

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New York Times’ “Race/Related” provides a platform for meaningful and candid conversations about race

New York Times’ “Race/Related” provides a platform for meaningful and candid conversations about race

A few months ago ivoh featured a story about the New York Times launching “Unpublished Black History,” a month-long photography project to draw attention to black history. The project, which was created with the intention to spark candid conversations about race among readers, has evolved into a new newsletter, “Race/Related.”

Like “Unpublished Black History,” “Race/Related” wants readers to partake in the dialogue. As shared on the “Race/Related” page, “Readers have already helped us explore the stories behind photographs pulled from our archives, with our Unpublished Black History project. Now we’re broadening the focus, hoping to explore race from every angle, with you and all those who can help us examine the issue with intelligence and candor.”

GIF created by Palesa Monareng (T.S. Abe) for “Race/Related.”


The small team behind the biweekly newsletter is made up of New York Times journalists: Damien Cave, John Eligon, Marc Lacey, Michael Luo, Haeyoun Park, Sona Patel, and Rachel Swarns. The team will share personal experiences, ideas, questions and thought-provoking material that examines how race is experienced by a wide range of individuals.
The journalistic project “aiming to create deep and provocative coverage—and conversations—about race” covered a wide array of race-related topics in its first newsletter. The newsletter’s minimalistic design lends itself to the trendy and highly curated link-filled newsletter of today. It is organized into sections including highlights race-related articles from the New York Times, a list of other articles from around the web that resonate with the newsletter’s editors and excerpts of a wide-range of creative works.

What sets “Race/Related” apart from other newsletters from media outlets is the interactive article, “Police Body Cameras: What Do You See?

The article includes a series of simulated interactions with police officers woven together with a series of questions for readers to take while reading.

“Race/Related” provides a necessary platform for deep dialogue about race. As stated on the newsletter’s landing page: “We want to stir up conversation, with The Times and with you. Because race matters and it’s time to listen.” Sign up for the newsletter and join the conversation here.