Gerber: News in a time of division

The Chattanooga Times Free Press building is located at 400 East 11th Street.
photo Alison Gerber

America has never felt so fractured and frustrated, so very divided.

Last week, I was reminded of just how high tensions are - and how the media is often the flashpoint for igniting the flames.

On Monday, the Times Free Press published a stand-alone photo (a photo with no story) of two men using leaf blowers, fall leaves flying everywhere. It was a nice photo intended to capture the season. The page designer placed a headline on top of the photo that said, "Time to leave." He thought he'd used a cute play on words.

Unfortunately, some members of our community interpreted it differently. Some found the headline highly offensive, even racist.