The Nation just published a hit piece on three Black writers
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The existing article in The Nation seems to me exactly why journalism is in the shape it is in. Powerful voices need to be validated by proxy, by being connected to an “establishment” before they are legitimately considered to hold weight. Under this kind of framework, there will never be room for writers like me who do not have the academic background nor the elite connections, but still are able to produce work that by the accounts of others, is “powerful.” There is a problem with the way this kind of gatekeeper mentality functions, and until that is dealt with, journalism in general will suffer for it.

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