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In the past few days, the tendency for mainstream media publications to uphold white hegemony has moved further into the light.
The LA Times wrote an internal company correspondence outlining how they have upheld white supremacy and how they are going to “do better.”
And in the food world, we are having our own reckoning.
I was thinking last week about how convenient it was that food media publications like Bon Appetit and NYT Cooking pivoted their social media content strategy to first “mute, listen, and learn” then to amplify Black-owned restaurants and content creators, as if this virtue signaling is enough to compensate for the years of questionable and myopic staffing, content, and amplification decisions they have made. It’s something, sure, but it’s not enough. And how long will it last?