"THE DISAPPEARING ANCHOR"An African American Perspective
In an article authored by Jared Taylor, "The Myth of Diversity"-5, he points out, that as the world becomes more international, the need to recognize diversity will continue. While the numbers appear to be even across the board, the News Media, particularly television must recognize the need to adequately diversify it's workforce to be representative of it's population.
The writer Taylor also points out, "Racial Divesity is supposed to bring cultural enrichment."-6 It remains to be seen whether the broadcast industry will recognize the need to increase the numbers so to speak on its national desk. Traditionally, African American broadcasters have been confined to overnight or weekend shifts. Yes, it does give them visibility, but it may also send out a clear message that perhaps they are just not good enough.
Adequate diversity on the anchor desk should be the mission of the men and women who run our networks...void of government intervention through mandates, rules, regulations or laws. African Americans represent several billion dollars to this nation's economy and it it essential that financial vitality be represented on the airwaves. We have now entered a new century, turned a new leaf and are working toward the future. It is time to send a message to the young men and women in our nation's colleges, universities, secondary schools and the dreamers that nothing is impossible. The Mal Goodes, Max Robinson's, the Ed Bradley's and Bernard Shaws have plowed a clear path for those who follow. Let us act responsibly and with vigor to make those dreams a reality...especially in our newsrooms