|"A VIRTUAL WHITEWASH"?|
NAACP challenged NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox over the lack of minority characters
in their new fall programming. Two experts take your questions.
Baker of Columbia, South Carolina asks:
Is one possible solution to ensure more diversity at the program decision-making levels of both the networks and at local T.V. stations?
As the creative workplace behind the camera becomes more integrated,
the faces in front of the camera will reflect that diversity. In order
to create a diverse environment two things have to happen. First, creative
blacks will have to network with white Americans. We cannot continue
to segregate ourselves in the college and professional environment.
We must learn to form bonds and communicate with the dominant culture
if we are to hope to be accepted and successful in it.
Ofari Hutchinson responds:
Yes, the demand should be for network executives to pay more than lip service to mentoring, hiring, and promoting talented minority writers, directors, and technicians.