It’s also ironic that the media outlet that performs detailed, award-winning inquiries on institutional racism, poverty, and gender imbalance, doesn’t have the same checks and balances as all the other institutions it suggests ought to have.
While minorities make up close to 40% of the U.S. population today, major newsrooms are largely staffed by non-diverse journalists. The total number of minority journalists in the U.S. have remained between 12 and 14% for nearly two decades, finds the American Society of News Editors. In the meantime, our nation has evolved to incorporate over 300 languages and a myriad of cultures. Stanley’s tone-deaf article may very well indicate the perfect storm that results from the absence of diverse representation in the newsroom.