The failure to refer to a dead judge by her name, and insteadreferringto thename of the river she was found in, has sparked a debate about identity and the media.
On Wednesday night, the body of Sheila Abdus-Salaam was found dead in the Hudson River.
Abdus-Salaam was a judge on the New York Court of Appeals.
She was the first black woman and Muslim to be confirmed to the circuit.
The nominating governor, Andrew Cuomo of New York said in a statement:
Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all,
As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the state’s Court of Appeals, she was a pioneer. Through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.
Tributes have poured in from friends, family, those who knew her, and social media.
However, Abdus-Salaam name did not trend on social media.