That is Travis Mayfield’s argument. This implies that only white people will work for low wages, and that all white people have parents helping them as they climb the ladder of success.
It has always been the case, that broadcasters, especially in smaller markets, earn wages somewhere near/slightly above, the poverty line. That may not be the reason for the lack of diversity.
You need only look at the on-air staffing at KOMO, KING, KIRO and KCPQ to see that there is no lack of diversity.
People of all ethnicities have applied themselves to the task and worked through the small markets, to achieve success in Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major markets.
Broadcasting wages are lousy. There has always been competition in this business. Only the strong survive.
The cost-cutting by corporate, is the cause for concern today.
It isn’t that there aren’t enough minorities applying for the positions.
The issue lies with those who decide who is to be hired for the job and who remains when the bean counters sharpen their pencils.
Proving discriminatory practices may not be easy in those cases.
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