I want to thank you for your honesty in “Brown v. Board of Washingtonian.” I think the real issue that needs to be addressed—not just at the Washington City Paper and the Washingtonian but in many places of business—is that people hire people they feel comfortable with, and I believe most white people feel more comfortable with other white people, and as a result, these are the people who are hired. I am an African-American woman who has worked in journalism for the last 10 years. In so many of my interviews at newspapers/publications, I have found the editorial staff to be overwhelmingly white (and mostly male). It angers me, though I should be used to it by now. In those rare instances where I was actually hired, I eventually left because I felt so uncomfortable. I felt like I was an intruder in some private club. It’s kind of a Catch 22. People of color want to break into the newsrooms, but once we’re there, many of us end up miserable and leave. It’s no fun being a token.
Silver Spring, Md.