Cameron Turner: TV Squanders Joan Williams’ Inspiring Story

first_img Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Joan WilliamsYou only get one chance to make a first impression. By omitting Joan Williams from their coverage of this year’s Rose Parade, television outlets gave the impression that righting the racial wrong done to Mrs. Williams nearly 60 years ago was unimportant. In doing so, they blew a beautiful opportunity to contribute to much-needed healing.Joan Williams was supposed to represent the City of Pasadena as Miss Crown City in the 1959 Rose Parade. But she was deprived of that honor, (and other ceremonial duties) after city officials found out that she was black. (Due to her fair complexion, they assumed that she was white.) Last spring, attention from community groups, local newspapers and city council members led the City of Pasadena and the Tournament of Roses to invite Mrs. Williams to appear in the 2015 parade, riding on the lead float announcing the parade theme, Inspiring Stories.The city issued an official letter of apology to Mrs. Williams and the story was carried by local and national media in the weeks leading up to. But when the Inspiring Stories float glided past the broadcast booths on New Year’s Day, TV cameras failed to zoom in on Mrs. Williams as she waved smiling from the side of the float. Commentators didn’t mention her name or summarize her story. Only one major TV outlet spotlighted Joan Williams — the Spanish language network Univision.Why this happened is a mystery. It wasn’t as if broadcasters didn’t know about Mrs. Williams. In addition to the multiple newspaper, TV and online stories about her the Tournament of Roses included information about Mrs. Williams in the packets distributed to media covering the parade. And it wasn’t as if there was no time to mention Mrs. Williams on air. KTLA co-anchors Stephanie Edwards and Bob Eubanks seemed to be stalling as they joked about how the colorful drummers who followed the Inspiring Stories float had been rehearsing at three-thirty in the morning.Joan Williams told the Pasadena Star News that a television station rep explained to her that she was not included in the Rose Parade telecast because producers decided to “go in a different direction.” That phrase, “a different direction,” is standard and deliberately vague Hollywood jargon often used to placate (or simply blow off) critics without providing incriminating details about a controversial decision. Without speculating about what “direction” certain unidentified producers may have decided to pursue, it is valid to say that one of the Rose Parade’s important “inspiring stories” was overlooked and an opportunity to build racial harmony was squandered.Joan Williams’ story – which ultimately is a story of reconciliation and healing – could have helped soothe hearts and offer a modicum of hope in this troubled time when our nation is hurting, embittered and divided over the racial issues brought out by events including police killings of black men.The City of Pasadena and the Tournament of Roses made a beautiful gesture of goodwill by including Joan Williams in the 2015 Rose Parade. Doing so underscored the City’s and the Tournament’s commitment to celebrating the wonderful diversity of Pasadena and our nation. And how marvelously appropriate it was that Joan Williams received her long-overdue recognition in a Rose Parade reigned over by a black Rose Queen, Madison Triplett, on the 30th anniversary of the Tournament’s first black Rose Queen, Kristina Smith. It’s a shame that the television outlets who share our Tournament of Roses with the nation and the world did not recognize that Joan Williams’ appearance in the Rose Parade was an opportunity to help bring us all a little closer together.Thanks for listening. I’m Cameron Turner and that’s my two cents. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Opinion & Columnists Cameron Turner: TV Squanders Joan Williams’ Inspiring Story Omission from Rose Parade telecasts misses chance for much-needed healing. By CAMERON TURNER Published on Monday, January 5, 2015 | 5:05 pmcenter_img Your email address will not be published. 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first_imgAnyone in a credit union considering offering banking services to marijuana businesses should take the time to make sure that their attorney is paying close attention to litigation between the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas and the Fourth Corner Credit Union of Colorado. (See Fourth Corner Credit Union v. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas, U.S. Dist Ct, CO, 15-cv-01644). This case has national implications. It may well clarify the legality of state efforts to legalize pot businesses.As I explained in a previous blog, Colorado has one of the most liberal marijuana laws in the Country. Its policy makers grew so frustrated with the inability of marijuana businesses to access basic banking services that the state approved a state charter for the Fourth Corner Credit Union. Remember that even though marijuana businesses are still illegal as a matter of federal law, the Justice Department has issued guidance – the Cole Memorandum – detailing the circumstances under which federal prosecutors will forgo enforcement of these laws.The credit union adopted a detailed BSA policy to conform with the memorandum’s mandates. It also applied for Share Insurance Coverage and a Master Account at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The credit union might be able to get private insurance, but without a Master Account it cannot effectively provide banking services. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more