Fox News has a lawsuit in the works after being under a lot of heat lately. With Bill O’Reilly at the forefront of their racial discrimination debates, employees of the network are teaming up and taking action. Spearheaded by black reporter and anchor Kelly Wright, 13 current or former employees of color have banned together over the last month to file charges of racial harassment. This includes allegations of racially insensitive marks by co-president Bill Shine and former comptroller Judith Salter that included minorities being mocked for their speech patterns, and omission of stories that show people of color, specifically blacks, in “too positive a light.”
“I can no longer sit in silence, collect my paycheck, and act like I didn’t experience racial bias on my own level-an on air personality.”
Wright is the only black anchor on Fox News, and has pushed to make the network’s audience more diverse since he was hired in 2003. The New York Daily News reports that right struggled with coming forth with the allegations of racial discrimination out of fear but ultimately decided that he could no longer sit back and watch. “I prayed about, I cried over it,” Wright said, “I can no longer sit in silence, collect my paycheck, and act like I didn’t experience racial bias on my own level-an on air personality.”
The New York Times and CNN have also recently been in the news for racial discrimination, with 175 current and former employees considering a class action suit against CNN and counting. With numbers like that, it starts to make you wonder, who is the “news” really catering to. The portrayal of minority individuals has long been full of stereotypes that shape the way the world sees us. So how can people of color ensure that their story is being told?