We do some knuckleheaded things in the paper -- mainly because we're a bunch of imperfect humans.
Today was one of those times.
We wrote a story about a wreck in which two women were injured. We identified the pair as "black women."
Sometimes race is relevant to stories, but most of the time it is not. This time, race wasn't relevant at all.
We discussed this in the newsroom and there was total agreement, even by the reporter on the story, who covers the police/emergency beat for us and is a fine reporter.
So, how did it happen?
The explanation is simple: Cops reporters are in a mode of trying to squeeze every detail out of stories -- usually they are right on deadline and every morsel can add to the story. Sometimes, though, when writing non-crime stories, they forget to shift gears. That is what happened in this case.
Still, it shouldn't have. Race had no place in this story and we apologize for interjecting it where it didn't belong.