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NY Times union calls for racial quotas in hiring and staffing, euphemistically called “equity”

NY Times union calls for racial quotas in hiring and staffing, euphemistically called “equity”

Calls for Times workforce to “reflect the makeup of New York City—24% Black and over 50% people of color—by 2025” and “50% of candidates at each stage of each hiring process should be POC.”

A fashionable, and now pervasive, euphemism for racial quotas is “equity.”

That term should not be confused with “equality” or “equal opporunity,” as I explained in my post, NY Times Chief Classical Music Critic: End “blind auditions,” pick orchestra musicians based on race and gender:

On campus, this is called “equity,” a euphemism for racial, gender and other discrimination. It’s the opposite of equal opportunity, it’s demanding equal results even if it means discriminating against some people on the basis of race, ethnicity or other immutable factors. It’s the core driving the “antiracism” movement on campus. When campus activists and administrators say “equity” (as opposed to “equality”), what they really mean is discrimination based on race to achieve a desired racial outcome.

This “equity” discrimination is at the heart of the book How to Be Antiracist, which is being used as a teaching tool at universities throughout the country:

“The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”

This concept of quotas as equity is playing out in demands issued by the NY Times Guild, a labor union representing “over 1200 media workers.”

On July 31, 2020 the NY Times Guild issued a set of demands to the Times, including an explicit hiring and staffing quota based on race, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: New York Times Employee Recommendation Memo:

We represent employees from every facet of The New York Times, from editorial to business, from specific departments to ERGs. We come to this meeting with a mandate for sustained change and urgency to engage in a very necessary and long-overdue discussion about how to improve the working experience of Black, Indigenous and people of color at the Times, BIPOC@NYT.

In addition to recommendations to form new committees, increase “diversity” initiatives, and so on, comes an explicit call for quotas, referencing census data for New York City:

We recommend:

A. Setting a goal of hiring, retention and promotion​ for the New York Times workforce to reflect NYC demographics by 2025.  ​

The NY Times Guild was not shy about the quota demans, tweeting about it also:

Of course, these quotas only go so far. Does anyone think that making the Times look like New York City will result in the times hiring a large contingent of Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Jews?

Of course not, regardless of the color tones of the skin of these Haredi Jews.

Equity is not about equality or equal opportunity. It’s the exact opposite of the equality and equal opportunity goals that motivated the civil rights movement.


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who cares – they are going bankrupt anyway

    JimWoo in reply to Joe-dallas. | August 2, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    I hope so. And take the Chicago Tribune too.

      DaveGinOly in reply to JimWoo. | August 3, 2020 at 11:10 pm

      They could probably save a lot of money if they fired every white person who signed the demand. They can tell them “Thank you for your antiracist sacrifice. When the Times is again on sound financial footing, rest assured that we will make every effort to fill your former position with a POC.”

      Think of how satisfied all those white people will feel when they are laid off for the good of the community.

    Arminius in reply to Joe-dallas. | August 2, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    Yes, and they can’t go bankrupt soon enough. This will be another nail in their coffin. The problem is that the New York liberals who run that asylum care too much about that the people look like New York and not at all that what they publish looks anything like the truth.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Arminius. | August 3, 2020 at 4:54 am

      Union mobsters and media volk, will be in this same position.

      “Over 100 Police Agencies Ditch Agreement To Guard DNC

      Cops are sick of being subjugated and defunded by Democrats

      The Associated Press reported Tuesday that more than 100 police agencies across the country have ditched previous agreements to provide security for the Democratic National Convention, scheduled to take place in Milwaukee in August.

      The report notes that the move by cops is a reaction to Democrat responses to the anti-police unrest that has raged throughout the Summer…..”

We need to change the pattern. No longer should anyone use the word journalists when describing any of these democrat outlets.
Instead use stenographer, it’s much closer to the reality.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to 4fun. | August 2, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    “I fully endorse the request for 6% of New York Times employees to be orthodox/Haredi Jews.”

    A group which is one or two orders of magnitude more competent than those being promoted.

      DaveGinOly in reply to JusticeDelivered. | August 3, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      Stereotypes are bad, even when they’re favorable to a group. We’re told this regularly, and it usually comes with some kind of garbage like “It’s unfair to think every member of group X can excel. As a group, they’re just people.”

      The real reason is that the positive stereotype stands in contrast to the negative stereotype. To admit that the positive stereotype is an accurate observation of one group makes an argument for the accuracy of the negative stereotype as well, and we can’t have that.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to 4fun. | August 3, 2020 at 3:35 am

    No they are Nazi SS Death Heads.

    Next they will make Bill Clinton Head Cheese.

    See Bill Clinton get called “Rapist.”

    Bill Clinton being confrontated with another opinion…

    GatorGuy in reply to 4fun. | August 3, 2020 at 6:01 am

    The evolution of the American journalist is a fascinating study. For me, it might be an evolutionary transformation into what years back was a ready-from-the-start acceptance of the “stenographer” function in the role as scrivener, scribe, or copyist.

    In any case, and whatever similarity or dissimilarity exists between stenographer, a correct assessment of today’s DNC affiliates masquerading as learned news/opinion professionals, and the aforementioned servants known to the ancient world, the journalism craft is fast disappearing into the mist of political hegemony and servitude in our once amazing and unique culture.

Dantzig93101 | August 2, 2020 at 9:02 pm

The smarter leftists know it can’t work, so they demand it for most American institutions and occupations. It’s intended to fail, and to bring down the hated United States along with it.

However, the dumber leftists actually believe in it: that you can hire (and enroll) based on victim group status rather than ability and get the same good results.

The New York Times is the left’s most prized house organ. The smarter leftists don’t want it to fail. They hope that they can appease and control the demons they’ve summoned into being.

    Arminius in reply to Dantzig93101. | August 3, 2020 at 1:37 am

    “Good results?”

    You racist! You actually expect black people to achieve the same results as white people.

    “Students at the University of Washington are demanding that black students be given leniency on finals because they are too “busy fighting for [their] rights to sit down and study.” The university is advising professors to do just that…”

    And why not give out “race proportional” grades to “historically underrepresented and marginalized” students of color no matter how badly they perform on tests. Hey, some students are demanding (and some colleges and universities are accommodating these demands) that black students should be allowed to skip finals altogether. Homework requirements are clearly racist. Hell, why should black students have to show up for classes at all.

    The poor dears are too traumatized by the killing of George Floyd to take finals, do homework, or even show up to class. Just hand out “A”s like Halloween candy. That would solve the problem of admitting black students to “elite” ivy league schools with lower SAT/ACT scores then Latino students, white students, and a whopping 400 point lower score than Asian students.

    At the moment SAT/ACT scores are the best indicator of who is going to succeed in college and who isn’t. But that’s only true if grades, actual homework, or even class attendance is involved. Eliminate those things and SAT/ACT scores are no longer indicative of anything. Then, take it a step further and eliminate SAT/ACT testing entirely. Actually, seniors graduating this year aren’t going to be required to take any standardized tests to get into college. I predict this will become standard practice because according to leftist activists and race baiters standardized tests were developed by Klansmen and neo-nazis in order to preserve white privilege and keep black people down.

    There you go! We have now perfected the education system. One teensy tiny problem remains. Employers might have racist thoughts about how products of this now perfect education system might not be able to actually do the job. They might get this racist impression when these newly minted college grads demonstrate when they fill out an application and are interviewed that they are functionally illiterate and can’t do first grade math.

    So eliminate job applications and interviews and we now have a perfect, non-racist society. In fact, eliminate the workplace and have everyone “telecommute” (wink, wink) as employers must be required never to expect any work product from employees. Employers will be required to just use direct deposit to provide employees there pay and forget what they even look like as employees won’t even be required to show up for anything at all. We can now do performance evaluations electronically. Which naturally will always be glowing with everyone getting top marks.

    Results? Only racists care about results.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Dantzig93101. | August 3, 2020 at 3:42 am

    Pelosi like Biden is a botoxed, brain dead Leftist. They both believe in the new, Democrat Party Slavery.

    Watch her mess up Joe’s ad. Snark.

    Joe Biden is Joe Biden…

Diversity dogma, where racists, sexists, etc. hide in plain sight, is a class-based taxonomic system, process, and belief that denies individual dignity, individual conscience, supports affirmative discrimination, color quotas, and color blocs (i.e. inferential judgments). Selective-person, perhaps inspired by selective-child.

I have no problem with the New York ‘Marx Was Right!’ Times hiring based primarily on skin melanin content and claimed ‘gender’ rather than merit, qualifications, and experience.

The sooner the NYT hits rock bottom and becomes a laughing stock the better.

That works. Sign me up for the NBA.

let’sm take it up with Carlos Slim

And further they will drift toward irrelevancy, until one day their stories will lose touch with any reality. The ONLY reason they survive is Trump.

It will come to resemble the orchestras that don’t take the best sound, but who is making the noise.

Since math is racist, how can they use it to decide how many to hire and when they get there?

Imagine being the person task with writing the style manual for that collection of urinalists.

    CapeBuffalo in reply to VaGentleman. | August 3, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    I suggest the Rutgers University English Department headed by Comrade Wokewitz. They are taking the deep dive into “critical grammar”. I can’t wait to read the first story written in someone’s own “accent”!

What relevance to anything is anything the ny times does?

Because the ny times is irrelevant to anything – at least in our world.

Now White people cant be hired for a job

We’ll become Botswana

    Milhouse in reply to gonzotx. | August 3, 2020 at 1:22 am

    Botswana is a pretty good place. Not as good as it was before the influx of Zimbabwe refugees about 20 years ago, but still a decent place to live. Some parts of America would be lucky to be Botswana.

    Botswana is the example that proves black African countries can work, which indicts all the ones that don’t. It proves Black African countries don’t have to be sh*tholes, so the fact that so many are is not some law of nature, in each case it’s someone’s fault.

Affirmative discrimination is evidence that affirmative action is not once, not twice, but a progressive failure. Perhaps cancelling people serves to hide the diversity that lurks beneath.

They should go just a little further and demand that some of their own members be fired so there will be openings to achieve “diversity.”

Small problem: Isn’t what they’re demanding illegal? If they were to officially announce such a policy anyone turned down would have all the evidence they needed to sue.

But if they’re setting aside 6% of jobs for Haredim, I’m in business. As one of the relatively few in that number with a decent command of English grammar and spelling, I can write my own ticket. I’ve noticed for years that the NYT badly needs proofreaders; I can do that job and fill the Haredi quota. But yeah, that’s not what they mean.

    DaveGinOly in reply to Milhouse. | August 3, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    All online media desperately needs proofreaders! When I was laid off in 2012, the first thing I did was write to several major online media sites and offered my services as a proofreader. I submitted examples of the errors that I had found in their copy from the very days that I wrote to them. Heard back from not a one. They just don’t care. They probably realize that most of the people reading their copy are less literate than are their writers, so what does it matter?

Well. There goes the crossword puzzle.

buckeyeminuteman | August 3, 2020 at 5:16 am

Stupid self-flagellating white people wishing and demanding themselves out of a job. Pick up the axe now and fire white people to reach the quota.

Women are great performing musicians. You don’t want woman composers though.

This doesn’t make sense.

The NYT is a national paper.

Call me when we require half of all defensive backs to be white

Anacleto Mitraglia | August 3, 2020 at 6:51 am

It’s OK with me. The white employees that need to be fired could be trained to run a shoe-shine box for the paper’s (white) top brass.
“Learn to wax”.

Let’s see. If you are black you should not have to meet the same test standards and MUST be hired.

This means I will never, ever get on a plane, bus or railroad again. I may not want to go to a hospital either.

I believe in a merit system. If there is no merit system how will you ever be safe? Answer, never.

So I guess they are saying that white people are just too intelligent and talented to compete against? Why can’t these people do well in their own countries? Demanding equality in those countries didn’t work there? Why come here if they are not willing to learn from us how it’s done?

When the Chinese, Vietnamese and South Koreans were pouring into this country, they immediately hit the books and soon became valedictorians across the country. Then they applied for the jobs. Now Cslifornia limits college admissions on Asian students.

When I first moved to CA, the public libraries were packed with Asian mothers helping their children with their schoolwork and learning right with them. Today it’s homeless people watching porn.

Maybe I’m just not smart enough to connect the dots but maybe it’s not race but bad attitude? Or maybe some people really are inferior? It’s one or the other.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 3, 2020 at 8:23 am

    SoCal libraries circa 1990s: black kids on the front steps breakdancing while the Chicano kids watched. The Asian kids were in the library, studying.

      That’s America in a nut shell today, but you left out the white kids. They’re driving mommy’s BMW to Black Lives Matter protests after a stop off for a latte.

        The Friendly Grizzly in reply to MAJack. | August 3, 2020 at 10:43 am

        Back-to-school shopping:

        Black parents: latest sneakers and starter or north face jackets.

        White kids: sports gear. Gotta have the right shoulder pads and jock for the big game!

        Asian kids: comparing various brands of calculators, and looking for supplementary texts.

        Mainly the man-hating college-educated trust baby women. They see themselves as co-equals to blacks as victims to white male privilege. There are black leaders already complaining about that. It’s just as it was after the 1960s Civil Rights Act supposedly solved the black grievances when women co-opted the movement for the ERA and “right to choose infanticide” causes.

          CapeBuffalo in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 3, 2020 at 2:07 pm

          Phil, you are so right. Those man-hating, college educated, trust fund baby girls are taking the lead in cursing out Black cops and throwing firebombs. They are now the wokest of the woke.

    Maybe some are inferior? Ah, the third rail is touched!

How bad could it be? Could the NYT get any worse? Nah, let them fully express themselves, think of it as therapy.

The Friendly Grizzly | August 3, 2020 at 8:09 am

“Get back to work, or, you’re all fired!” -signed, Carlos Slim

If the NYT staff believed any of this BS, they would:
1) Hire BLM as a consultant
2) All NYT staff resigns immediately and reapply for a job
3) BLM would restaff the NYT based on the “equity” plan that they currently want to apply only to future people.

If not, then this plan is simply about Marxist power and control.

Yes, we need “equity”.screamed the leftist mob.

Except when it comes to cardiac surgeons and airline pilots.


Well, you certainly can’t expect the “content of their character” standard to be applied. Whoever dreamed up that silly idea was obviously the Biggest. Racist. Ever.

Dems say that blacks are so inferior that they won’t be hired even by people who prefer to hire them.

Well, it looks like we will be treated to the “critical grammar” espoused by Comrade “ Wokewitz”at the nearby Rutgers English Department. Perhaps the venerable Times can print an Ebonics edition.
I am waiting with abated breath.

How does this proposal not violate a slew of federal anti-discrimination laws?

Yea I read that last week and they also want everything that is printed in the NYT to be read by and I think this is right ” a sensitivity reader ” … That’s to insure that no minority is offended by anything they print … I’m telling ya there is no bottom to their crazy … None … It goes straight on through

    DaveGinOly in reply to Aggie9595. | August 3, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Their crazy is like the event horizon of a black hole. Get too close to it and escape velocity reaches the speed of light; you can’t avoid being pulled in. (Nor can you avoid being torn apart by tidal forces as you fall.)

The Boston Globe, a NYT clone, has established a new policy wherein White Intern hopefuls need not apply!

    MAJack in reply to aastrojet. | August 3, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    They’d be better off getting a job elsewhere.

    DaveGinOly in reply to aastrojet. | August 3, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Can a white person who identifies as a POC get hired? What would they say to a Shaun King if he applied there? Will genetic testing become part of the hiring process? (Not joking. This, I think, follows the logical progression of their demands. They will want to dissect everyone’s ancestry to determine who is most deserving of the title “oppressed,” establishing a hierarchy within a pool of potential job candidate. May the most oppressed win.)

drednicolson | August 3, 2020 at 3:54 pm

We can thank them for unwittingly declaring how superfluous their jobs actually are.

The unions are a joke. Supported by the liberal politicians they fail to see that the employees simply find ways to eliminate them. The print version of the paper…any paper…are going away quickly.

So how many of those union employees will be involved in the digital versions? Will they hire employees who are incapable of operating in that area?

Will they get the support and dues from those employees not out of a job?

Unions once again will find themselves hated and opposed.

How about 60% of them must be declared Christians?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”… does someone at the union not find that self-evident?

racism: Discrimination or prejudice based on race. Shouldn’t that apply to hiring too?

Of course, individuals have different abilities. How about hiring people based on ability, work ethic, etc. instead of skin color?