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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (credit: STEPHEN CHERIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (credit: STEPHEN CHERIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Did race play a role in the media coverage of the Kwame Kilpatrick federal corruption trial?

A group is asking that question at a discussion about race and the media.

WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with Tom Costella of  The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.

“When we talk about city corruption…. you know, the face of an African-American male would be on the front page. But there are other instances where maybe the defendant or the accused was white, and yet there would be no photograph with that,” said Costello.

“So some may think that that’s a nuance, or maybe I’m being too sensitive — but when you look it through that lens of equity, that’s not an accurate portrayal,” he said.

“Race & Media: The Detroit Emergency” a community dialogue examining the role media plays in shaping the local conversation on race in metro Detroit, will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the MSU Detroit Center, located at 3408 Woodward Ave in Detroit.

Special guest for the event will be Dr. Shea Howell, Michigan Citizen Columnist.

Every first Friday, the non-profit Michigan Roundtable hosts a discussion about race.

Get more information here.

MORE: Majority Say Kilpatrick Verdict Was ‘Just And Fair’

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