Popular magazine refuses to have black editor

salon, salon.com, racist ,racism Salon, the popular news website, has admitted it refuses promote racial minorities to the organization’s top posts, explaining that having whites run the show is a “rich tradition.”

“Just because all our editors and executives have been deliciously milky-white doesn’t mean we’re racist,” said editor-in-chief David Daley. “On the contrary, we like publishing articles written by African-Americans and, for good measure, the occasional Latino.”

“Oh, this one time we published an essay written by a woman from Pakistan, and she explained what it’s like being a woman in Pakistan,” Daley added. “We’re clearly not racist.”

Salon.com was founded in 1995 by unapologetically-white journalist David Talbot, whose goal was to create “a premier news source for non-racist whites, by non-racist whites.” Since then, Salon has grown into an influential publisher of non-racist articles covering politics, culture and technology.

In response to the change that denying minorities promotion amounts to racism, Salon Media CEO Cindy Jeffers said the the practice is simply a rich tradition, common to many venerable non-racist publications including Mother Jones, Utne Reader and The Nation.

To show their support for people of color, every autumn the company throws a costume party where each staff member gets to dress up as his or her favorite minority.

“It’s fun,” Jeffers said, “and totally non-offensive, because we’re honoring them, you see, unlike those rednecks we expose, the ones who dress up in blackface and so on.”

The defense of having an all-white editorial staff was echoed by Mother Jones co-editor Clara Jeffery.

“We love, love, love minorities,” Jeffery said. “It’s just that we prefer editors who come from a certain socio-economic class, and we also like editors who are educated at private liberal arts colleges. Individuals meeting those criteria tend to be white, that’s all.”

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