Twitter Rips The Huffington Post To Shreds Over This Photo Of Their Staff (TWEETS)

Liz Heron, executive editor at The Huffington Post, tweeted out a photo from their editorial meeting on May 20, and it has Twitter in an absolute uproar. Can you see why?

The emoji she’s got on there clearly show that she’s touting “girl power” with this photo, but there is, in fact, a major problem with it that brought Twitter’s wrath down upon her, and The Huffington Post itself. It’s diversity, or a lack thereof. Where’s the racial diversity?

The editorial staff is primarily white, like most executive staffs at most companies, and Twitter was kind enough to point that out, along with a couple of other problems:

Even Adam Baldwin weighed in on the diversity problem:

This next one is needling HuffPo over the fact that it loves painting itself as the liberal answer to conservative media. However, it behaves like a typical, profit-mongering corporation that would support conservative business policies to enhance its bottom line, and engages in questionable practices to that same end, like having thousands of writers work for free.

In going through these tweets, one will see some predictably sexist tweets about how it’s just as sexist for a company to have an entirely female leadership staff as it is for them to have an entirely male leadership staff. That’s male privilege talking, though – we still live in a man’s world here. Women have it much harder in the workplace, including climbing that vaunted corporate ladder, than men do.

An all-female editorial team in a man’s world is great. However, for a supposedly liberal outlet, whatever attempts they’re making at racial diversity suck. We have to wonder whether their HR department screens out resumes of people with “black” sounding names like many other HR departments do. We also have to wonder whether they consider black people to automatically be less qualified, like many other companies seem to.

Perhaps they’re afraid they’ll lose readers if their readers know they have black people on their editorial staff.

Yes, companies should absolutely put the people they believe to be the best qualified in open positions. Oftentimes, however, black candidates are judged more harshly than other candidates, especially white candidates, due to racial biases in a variety of areas. HuffPo, this is extremely disappointing.


Image via screen capture from embedded tweet by Liz Heron