Amid George Floyd protests, media companies face up to racism


The death of George Floyd has revived a global movement against the killing of blacks by the police, and with it, there are new calls for American media companies to remove structural racism, some challenging the practices of senior management. This broader discussion, often on social media, has forced upheavals in several outlets, including the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Refinery29, Man Repeller and Bon Appétit.

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Adam Rapoport, now former editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit, Resigned after an Instagram photo of him, dressed in a stereotypical Puerto Rican costume, resurfaced on social media. Several staff members of the Condé Nast-owned publication accused Rapoport and the executives of discrimination.

Sohla El-Waylly, an associate editor, said on Instagram that the image is “just a symptom of the systematic racism that is spreading in the CondeNast as a whole.” El-Waylly said she was not paid for appearances on the company’s YouTube channel, while white staff members were compensated: “I was pushed in front of the video as a display of diversity.”

Ryan Walker-Hartshorn, Rapoport’s assistant, said in an interview with Business Insider that his former boss repeatedly refused him a pay raise and suggested he go to work elsewhere. “I’m the only black woman on her staff,” Walker-Hartshorn said at the exit. “He treats me like help.”


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