Soledad O’Brien on talking about race as a journalist of color.
We are risking jobs and status and a metaphorical stoning by bigots on social media to call out an industry that reports on racism and segregation while shamefully allowing it to fester within.O’Brien, Soledad. (July 4, 2020). Soledad O’Brien: A Mee-Too Moment for Journalists of Color. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/04/opinion/soledad-obrien-racism-journalism.html
To be clear, this is not just about how reporters of color are treated when they talk about race in the newsroom. The thin ranks of people of color in American newsrooms have often meant us-and-them reporting, where everyone from architecture critics to real estate writers, from entertainment reporters to sports anchors, talk about the world as if the people listening or reading their work are exclusively white.
There are simply not enough of us in the newsroom to object effectively — not in TV, print or online, certainly not in management. So our only option is to mimic the protester’s strategy: Talk directly to the public and just talk loud.