The Miami Herald has one of the most ethnically and racially diverse newsrooms in the country.
And the newsroom staff, in addition to covering breaking news, is always on the lookout for story lines that showcase the ethnic melting pot and rich, cultural bouillabaisse that goes into making Miami such a wonderful and tolerant place to live.
They never pass up an opportunity to show, that despite our different religions, nationalities and skin colors, South Floridians all have one thing in common: Our unwavering love for one another.
So...how's that working out?
Yesterday, after American swimmer Michael Phelps was defeated by teammate Ryan Lochte in the 400-meter individual medley, headlines like this started popping up on the Internet: "Ryan Lochte wins 400 IM in blowout." Here's another: "Ryan Lochte wins gold in 400 IM, Michael Phelps fails to medal in first race at London Games."
But, here's how the Herald headlined the story on its website...highlighting the nationality of Lochte's mother and ignoring the real story of his athletic accomplishment:
(Lochte was born in Rochester, New York, to Steven Lochte and his Cuban-born wife. He grew up in Daytona Beach.)
Okay, so Lochte has never actually lived in Miami. But, he's still a Cuban-American.
And that's something all Miami Herald readers can be proud of and celebrate...right?