July 29th, 2010
01:07 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll suggests pessimism over race as NABJ opens

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/29/art.sherrod.nabj.cnn.jpg caption ="Shirley Sherrod spoke Thursday at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in San Diego."]San Diego (CNN) - Provocative issues regarding race will be on display at the largest gathering of African-American journalists on Thursday. This comes as two-thirds of blacks say they have been victims of racial discrimination, in a fresh CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, and a growing number say that racial tensions between blacks and whites will always exist.

Thousands of producers, editors, reporters, media executives and others are attending The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention in San Diego, which ends on Sunday. The annual gathering is a venue for journalism education and career development and provides networking opportunities for assembled media professionals.

It will also serve as a forum on an issue that continually inflames passions or stokes tension: race relations between minorities and whites.

Ousted USDA staffer Shirley Sherrod spoke at the convention Thursday and indicated she would sue the conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart - the man responsible for posting an edited video clip of Sherrod appearing to say she discriminated against a white farmer looking for assistance. The NABJ said it had invited Breitbart to also attend the gathering and that the conservative blogger initially accepted, but later declined.


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