The New York Times (NYT) has a history or critiquing many organizations’ diversity makeup. Whether it be government, technology, entertainment, or other, the NYT has no problem scorching an individual or industry’s lack of effort in granting opportunities to minority and women. As we now know, the NYT apparently suffers from the same issues. In an article written by the Times itself, Liz Spayd criticizes the paper for not following the rhetoric it mandates on other entities.
When it comes to journalism, minorities are not well represented in the field. While it is better than other industries, it still does not match up with American population statistics. According to the American Society of News Editors, the NYT ranks below other established news publications including The Washington Post and LA Times, but it also does better than other publications like The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe. With that being said, it is actually incredible how many news outlets in the breakdown were 100% white.
Regardless, the NYT is failing in diversity, and in quite an embarrassing fashion. A clear example is the fact that there are no African Americans in its sports or Styles sections. It may be hard to find an African American engineer (not really), but not being able to find a minority who wants to write about Style? I’m amazed at the ridiculousness.
But that’s where we are as a society isn’t it? America is where the wealthy argue with other wealthy members about the opportunities afforded to the lower class, only to continue their current process with no change. It seems that we have two competing forces in today’s country. Those who admit they don’t care about diversity and those that pretend they do. As we head into 2017, I am not sure which is worse.