Seattle Times publishes editorial from PhD student

celestehaitiManoucheka Celeste, a doctoral student in the UW Department of Communication, reflects on the images of dead Haitians that have flooded newspapers and television sets around the country in an editorial published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 26.

Celeste studies the representation of race in the media. Because she is originally from Port-au-Prince, coverage of this disaster has especially hit home. She writes that, “while the images mobilized some to help, they are damaging in the long term as they become ingrained in how we imagine Haitians.”

She goes on to say, “This earthquake, despite the amazing pain that it has caused to so many, presents an unprecedented opportunity. Viewers and readers can demand that in people’s darkest hour or once they lose their lives that they are treated with dignity.”