Will Unity Address Affirmative Action?

Journal-isms: One writer says that the reinvented diversity organization for journalists needs to tackle the issue.

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Will Reinvented Unity Address Affirmative Action?

Like the Olympics, it happens every four years. But you won’t see a lot of spandex at the convention of minority journalists called Unity, happening this week in Las Vegas,” Emil Guillermo wrote Monday in his blog for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

“You won’t see a lot of black journalists either.

“Unless they’re gay.

” . . . For the first time, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), will not be at Unity. It chose to pull out of the major confab and stage its own convention earlier this year. It leaves just the Asian, Hispanic, and Native American journalists of color to unify in the desert with their new full partner, the gay, lesbian, transgender journalists of the National Lesbian [&] Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA).

” . . . Considering the Supreme Court in October will take up the biggest threat to affirmative action in years, I’m surprised I’m hearing little discussion about that issue in the pre-convention buzz.

” . . . more than ever before, we really need unity, especially on an issue like affirmative action. This time around, anti-affirmative action forces are using Asian Americans as a wedge to end the policy. Even without real advocacy on the issue, more stories about this would surely help inform the public prior to the Supreme Court argument on October 10.

“But if the NABJ/Unity split is a harbinger, it seems like we’re all intent on dividing and conquering ourselves.”

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