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The controversy surrounding “Being White in Philly”

March 25, 2013

GUESTS: ROBERT HUBER and TOM MCGRATH

Philadelphia Magazine’s March cover story, “Being White in Philly: Whites, Race, Class, and the Things that Never Get Said,” has created a local media phenomenon. The story, written by journalist ROBERT HUBER, was a personal narrative reinforced by several anecdotes from first-name-only sources who live in a largely white, middle class neighborhood, bordering on a predominately black, lower-class community. Thousands of readers have commented online, national media have weighed in, two public panels have been presented and Mayor Michael Nutter requested the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations “conduct an inquiry into the state of racial issues, biases, and attitudes within and among the many communities and neighborhoods.” We’ll explore what the thinking was behind the piece with HUBER and Philadelphia Magazine editor, TOM MCGRATH.

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