Carlos Javier Ortiz, director, cinematographer, and documentary photographer, recently spoke with Boston University School of Public Health (SPH) students and Pulitzer fellows Lauryn Claassen and Madeline Bishop as part of a joint project with the College of Communication highlighting gun violence in the United States.

“We need to look at how the narrative is dictated,” Ortiz says. Referring to when a mass shooting makes the news, “the way I see it dictated is, ‘This is a tragedy, this person is crazy, responsible gun owners don’t do this, somehow this person got their hands on a gun and shot someone.’” But in historically marginalized communities, “We hear about black-on-black crime and how as a community, brown and black people are killing each other. When this happens in the suburbs, it’s not seen as white-on-white crime.”

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