In recent news, AOL has announced that Arianna Huffington will oversee AOL Latino, AOL Black Voices and other AOL sites as part of a $315 million dollar deal. In addition, a “new black-oriented Huffington Post project” called GlobalBlack will be launching. For those of you that are not aware, Arianna Huffington is Greek.
To Huffington this was more than just a business deal:
“This is a two-way partnership, with HuffPost GlobalBlack content and vision informing all of HuffPost’s coverage, and HuffPost’s editorial and reporting team covering stories shaping the black community.”
More power to you racially conscious organizations who want to ensure that our communities are informed about the news that affects us. Don’t you think WE know what is affecting US? We are living it you know. Just as I can sit and watch what is going on in all the other countries in the world, shouldn’t everyone be informed about everything? These specific targeted websites and sections on websites are a form of segregation in my eyes.
Segregation (noun) -the practice of creating a separate facility within the same society for the use of a minority group (Dictionary.com) Replace “facility” with “section” and “society” with “website” and look what we have: Internet Segregation (noun) -the practice of creating a separate section within the same website for the use of a minority group.
Instead of sending us to different lunch counters and water fountains all over again, we are sent to a special site or section. Information about or pertaining to African-Americans and Latinos should be published on the main website where all traffic goes.
Not only do we have these separate sites and sections, people of color are not the key decision makers or a majority of the management team. Writers and management affect the framing and structure of media, whether intentionally or not. If more people of color were employed by these publishers, they could use their abilities to influence, empower, and serve their communities better than others would.
Will we ever stop being minority and majority and just be people? If we are going to continue to be separate entities can we at least be able to control our own?