The Mainstream Media Are Still Failing Black Voices

Don’t be fooled by “woke” race coverage. It’s business as usual.

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Colin Jost and Michael Che on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” (Photo: YouTube)

What’s the point of telling your readers how not to be racist, if behind the scenes, you are treating a Black journalist whose work you claim to value as if he doesn’t matter?

As is the case with many websites, even ones with huge international followings, the pay hasn’t been great. I believed in the work I was doing, though, so that wasn’t a major deterrent. Still, after completing a few stories that required more writing and research than the $200 rate deserved, I sent an email to my editor asking if I could receive a boost in my compensation.

Black journalists only matter when race is trending and the mainstream media need to roll us out to create an illusion of diversity. When it comes to committing to our careers, the gatekeepers would rather look the other way.

I am a veteran journalist with 30 years of experience who has worked on six continents, and I cannot get an HR executive at Meredith Corporation — which now owns two of my professional alma maters, People and Entertainment Weekly — to return my emails when enquiring about an open position at a publication where I used to be a senior editor.

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Brother Son Husband Friend Loner Minimalist World Traveler. Author of “Is It True What They Say About Black Men?” and “Storms in Africa” https://rb.gy/3mthoj

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