How misrepresentation in media impacts marginalized communities
A woman holds a sign referencing the QAnon conspiracy as supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the Governor's Mansion on November 7, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. - Stephen Maturen/Getty Images North America/TNS

When social epidemiologist Sharon D. Jones-Eversley speaks about false information circulated through media, she remembers a parable that her mother taught her. In the story, a man lies about another man in their tribe. "And the man [who lied], as he got older, he felt really bad about this lie," Jones-Everlsey explained in a recent Zoom call. Now an older, dying man in the tale, he went to visit the person he'd wronged. "He said, 'I lied on you. I messed up your life. I'm very sorry. And the man [replied], 'I forgive you.' He said, 'I been forgave you.' He said, 'But if you think that that li...