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NPR Programming Is Overwhelmingly Aimed at Whites


Joel Dreyfuss, T e Root’s managing editor and founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, wrote an open letter to Gary Knell, the new chief of National Public Radio, expressing his frustration at the lack of diversity at NPR. T e depar- ture of Juan Williams, NPR’s sole black news analyst, provided “a sad commentary on the monochromatic vision of many liberal institutions.” Dreyfuss’s critique is emblematic of the diversity v. inclusion debate. It is one thing to have a minority commentator and another to have minorities making programming decisions. If NPR really wants Congress to continue its funding, the best solution is to target minorities and build support across all voting blocs. -1


NFL Now Protects Sexual Orientation 50


T e NFL quietly banned discrimination based on “sexual orientation” in its 2011 collective bargaining agreement that was ratifi ed earlier this summer, making the 2011 NFL season a reality. “Sexual orientation” was not in the 2006 collective bargaining agreement, which read there would be no discrimination based on “race, religion, national origin, or activity or lack of activity on behalf of the National Football League Players Association.” T ere are no openly gay professional sports players in football, basketball, baseball, or hockey, but three NFL players have came out since leaving the sport. It is unclear who pushed for the inclusion of the language but it is noteworthy that Ted Olson represented the players in the discussions, and David Boies the NFL. Both attorneys worked to overturn California’s ban on marriage equality. +2


Arts Funding Needs to Be More Diverse


Billions of dollars in arts funding is serving a mostly wealthy, white audience that is decreasing in size while only a small percentage goes to poorer communities that are more diverse. T e National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group, shows foundation giving has fallen out of balance with the nation’s increasingly diverse demographics. Recent survey data show more people are interested in community-based arts groups than expensive, more traditional institutions like major museums, operas, and symphonies. Current arts funding patterns have roots that date back to the 19th century, when cultural philanthropists focused on building institutions to preserve Western European high arts to validate America’s position as a world power and serve an elite audience. As the United States grows more diverse, and artists create new aesthetics outside the European tradition, philanthropy should refl ect those changes. -1


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Occupy Protests Seek Diversity As Movement Expands


As the Occupy movement spreads across national boundaries, uniting people from all diff erent classes, ages, and genders, one stubborn hurdle remains: the lack of racial inclusion. T e comparisons to the Tea Party are evident when presented side-by-side pictures. Organizers of the Occupy movement contend that they building bridges to minority communi- ties. T e absence of diversity is notable because the economy, foreclosures, and unemployment are disproportionately aff ecting people of color. -1


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repealed


For the fi rst time in the United States, troops can publicly reveal they’re gay without fear of offi cial retribution. Troops who were discharged under the controversial ban are being encouraged by the Defense Department to reenlist. T e Defense Department also stated it will have no tolerance for anti-gay behavior. T e Army’s statement is typi- cal in its brevity and directness: “T e law is repealed.” Others had a more jovial tone to their announcements. A new publication called OutServe Magazine focuses on the stories of gay and lesbian service members. It will be available for free at about a dozen Army and Air Force bases. +4


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