Ed Bradley died two days ago of leukemia. In writing about him, Wil Haygood used the quote I cite above. There’s a certain type of gaze that comes with living life as a black man. Unless you’re in a city like Detroit, there’s never a time you aren’t noticed. How do you handle yourself under that gaze? How do you do work under that gaze?
Ed’s way?Â Â Take the best of what it means to be a man in modern life, stylize it…and improvise around the edges. I wasn’t much of a 60 Minutes man. So I usually caught Bradley out of the corner of my eye, in between moments.
But he will be sorely missed. I can’t think of anyone in television journalism who has either the style or the chops to replace him.