You're lucky if you see more than two black reporters on-air at a local shop.
Problem number one is clearly the lack of black voices.
You're trying to appeal to the black demographic but have no black people on staff. #HireBlackWriters — Alexander (@SirRWalters) June 28, 2016
There must be a space for black writers to uncover riveting and compelling stories just as their white counterparts.
#HireBlackWriters and don't pigeonhole us into solely writing op-eds on race and culture. We do a damn good job on reporting stories, too.— Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) June 28, 2016
Because all too often, a publication will want the black body, but not the voice to accompany it.
#HireBlackWriters and not the ones who shuck and jive to increase your readership, hire the ones who add depth to your content. — Marie (@Maria_Giesela) May 14, 2016
Matters become especially difficult when you work for a publication, not hip to issues in diverse cultures and quick to whitewash every single piece.
#hireblackwriters because our stories are ours to tell.— lay-ken. ☥ (@lakinimani) June 28, 2016
Having representation in social media editor jobs is all too important.
#HireBlackWriters who understand the intersection of gender, race and class + the importance of fact checking to run your social. — Maya ☔️ (@mayascade) June 28, 2016
When you fail to do all of the above you will get this and cultural appropriation.
I could go in all day about how many dope black writers I know. There's no shortage of us. #HireBlackWriters — Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) June 28, 2016Organizations just as the National Association of Black Journalists work effortlessly each year to ensure blacks are represented in media jobs from all perspectives. The rest is up to the hiring process. Maybe scale back on some of this diversity training in the workplace and bring in black professionals who are experts on diverse living. Photo: tumblr