Trends show that the black journalist is no longer concerned with using the power of his words to conquer the world of white publications but join black publications and bolster the black community.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Sylvester Monroe resigned then joined Ebony magazine in just two months time. The first black columnist of Timemagazine, Jack E. White, left to join his fellow brother Lynette Clemetson at The Root. Former journalist for The New York Times and Newsweek, Clemenston was The Root‘s managing editor. Constance C.R. White went from being a staple New York Times fashion writer to editor in chief ofEssence.
These are only a few of the black journalists who made the switch. Many other black writers are doing the same, and some, like myself, are jumping straight to black publications right out of school. According to the Columbia Journalism Review, this is a huge reversal of what used to be a shift of black journalists moving from black publications to predominantly white publications. Not only are publications such as The New York Times and Time magazine noticing the change, they are concerned for the decreasing diversity of their companies.
Yes, diversity is a great thing — no doubt about it. Diversity is what makes America the great nation that it is today. It is also important for the members of that diversity not to lose sight of their own culture and foster it to keep it alive. Please understand, there is nothing wrong with being the first black columnist for Time. That is a great achievement and milestone. There is nothing wrong with black writers adding a splash of colored perspective to a predominantly white publication. That is commendable. It is also priceless to be become a part of a black publication inspiring African-Americans to reach many milestones.
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