February 26, 2010
Yet another diversity conundrum
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has criticized NBC for its "lack of diversity":
Two members of the Judiciary panel - Reps. Shelia Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) - ripped into (Comcast Chairman Brian) Roberts and (NBC President Jeff) Zucker for what they saw as the lack of diversity in programming and in the executive ranks at either company.
"There is no diversity on the Sunday morning talk shows," Jackson-Lee told NBC's Zucker.
Armed with lists of board members for both companies, Waters asked Roberts why Comcast had only one woman and one black man on its board. She then asked Zucker why NBC didn't currently have any black programming on NBC. "Is there some assumption that black programming is not profitable?" she asked him.
Zucker said that diversity was one of his strategic goals and that the company was trying to do better.
Not only is the irony delicious because MSNBC's Keith Olbermann has been recently ripping the Tea Party movement as "undiverse" (and hence, "racist"), but here we have members of a racially-exclusive group chastising others for ... their own lack of diversity.
Posted by Hube at February 26, 2010 01:46 PM
"There is no diversity on the Sunday morning talk shows,"
Especially funny considering that Lester Holt has been anchoring the weekend edition of NBC's Today Show for 7 years now. Perhaps he's too Bryant Gumbel to count as a black man?
Maybe they could hire NY Gov Paterson?
The CBC is about as diverse as the clients of the hood check booth at a Klan rally. The group refuses white members, even if they represent majority black districts. And they claim the moral authority to criticize others about diversity?
The CBC is about as diverse as the clients of the hood check booth at a Klan rally.
I've often wondered at the legitimacy of some groups that speak out against racism. Is pre-judging based on race bad, and of in of itself doesn't make scientific sense, yes. But how is it that the groups VERY NAME implies racism (like Congressional BLACK Caucus, or the National Advancement of COLORED PEOPLE) are able to expect to be taken for real?
Being white, I've often wondered if I applied at one of the few BLACK colleges if I could get swept in under affirmative action, and have a minority scholarship?!
correction, the NAACP stands for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
But ya, and entire country wide group dedicated for a specific group.