Anti-Black racism has shaped our media system since colonial times, when ads trafficking enslaved Africans kept the nation’s earliest newspapers afloat.
Today, there are very few Black media owners — and racist algorithms amplify the voices of white supremacists on online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
To address this historical and ongoing harm, Black staff at Free Press created the Media 2070 project, which seeks to create a future ripe with the capital needed for Black people to control the creation, production and distribution of their own stories.
The centerpiece of the project is Media 2070: An Invitation to Dream Up Media Reparations. This visionary 100-page essay examines the history of anti-Black racism in the U.S. media system — and charts the efforts of Black activists, journalists and others to fight for an equitable way forward.
Media 2070 advocates for media institutions and policymakers to make reparations to the Black community for policies and practices that have baked inequities into our media system. Read our essay to learn more.