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COVID-19 has put a spotlight on racial disparities and social injustices that plague America. The disease has affected Black and Latino Americans harder than any other race. Systemic racism in America has left people behind to work in blue collar jobs, to feed, clothe and serve a mostly privileged White America. They are the frontline workers that are forced to work each day for meager wages, little or no sick pay, and minimal access to healthcare. Here in San Diego, if you take a look at the zip codes hardest hit by COVID-19 and they comprise black and brown neighborhoods.

Black, Latino Americans, and other people of color share a long history of exclusion based on their race. Anyone deemed as non-white has historically been excluded from being a non-citizen. Various laws since the birth of this country have worked to ensure the exclusion of people of color. The 1790 Uniform Rule of Naturalization said only free white men could become U.S. citizens.

From the time of Cotton Mather’s proselytization of Africans as subhuman to advance their use as slaves in the new world, Blacks have been at a grave disadvantage. In the late 1800’s Mexicans and Natives were portrayed in newspaper clippings as savages and inferior to justify as whites explained why their land in the west should be taken and annexed to be a part of the U.S. territories. In 1848, the Treaty of Hidalgo ended the Mexican/American war and allowed Mexicans to become U.S. citizens after their land was taken, but they were still racialized. In the 1830s Jim Crow laws were enacted to enforce racial segregation between whites and blacks in the south, but it is rarely reported that Mexicans in the southwest were forced to follow Jim Crow laws, children were beaten for speaking Spanish in schools and hundreds were lynched, historians have found evidence that at least 597 Mexicans were lynched between 1848 - 1928. With such an intricate and shared history, it isn’t surprising that Black and Latinos face the same types racial injustices. Other people of color in San Diego like Native Americans, Filipino Americans and others also share the same turmoil.

Historians have long poured over newspapers to learn more about how people lived. This anthology would bring together the works of journalists from around San Diego and beyond, to explore and record this historic time as it unfolds. I would like to focus on the San Diego region and tell the unique stories faced by a border town.

For me as an African American journalist and native San Diegan, this is a way for me to give back to my community by bringing world-class journalists to the table to tell stories and do the pieces that aren’t shortened by time or length.


Stories will be housed at the Library of San Diego State University

Our Team
Meet the team of people making it happen.

Lindsay has worked as a journalist in San Diego since 2004. She has written for both print and television. The first time she went to the Newseum in Washington D.C., she knew why her love of history led her to become a journalist. Journalists are literally documenting history each day as it happens. Her job is to find the stories for reporters to tell. Lindsay has a bachelor's degree in American Studies from San Diego State University, an MBA from the University of Redlands and an M.S. in Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University.

Lindsay Hood, Contributing Editor

Jane Woo is the Director of Communications for Stories of San Diego. She is a lifelong advocate and educator. She has her Master’s in Education from University of San Diego and B.A. in Communication from UC San Diego. Jane met Lindsay during her work as a TV news reporter. Since then, they have shared their mutual passion for advancing social justice and equity among underserved communities.

Jane Woo, Director of Comm.

Paul is a freelance writer, editor, researcher and consumer advocate (www.paulwkrueger.com). He spent the last 30 years of his career as a Senior Field Producer for news and investigations at NBC7 San Diego, retiring in April 2020. While at NBC7, Paul broke numerous significant stories, including detailed accounts of sexual abuse and illegal narcotics’ distribution by local medical professionals.

Paul Krueger, Contributor

A longtime San Diego journalist, ​JW​ ​​August ​is ​currently​​ ​a freelance writer and researcher. ​Most recently, he broke a story on a local political figure with ties to the Neo-Nazi movement. He spent most of his broadcast journalism career with KGTV-10News in San Diego. His earliest work in news producing was overseeing a daily consumer report, which would evolve into a 25-year career writing, producing and leading the station's investigative team. He later became the managing editor of the ABC affiliate ​while ​still overseeing the investigative unit.

JW August, Contributor

Lynn is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who has worked in investigative, data and TV journalism for more than 10 years. Currently, she is a freelance journalist and the Assistant Director for the Trusting News project, where she works to help rebuild trust between journalists and the public by working with newsrooms to be more transparent about how they do their jobs.

Lynn Walsh, Contributor
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