By Calvin L. Hall
During this publication Calvin L. corridor examines choose autobiographies written via African American journalists_Jill Nelson's Volunteer Slavery, Nathan McCall's Makes Me Wanna Holler, Jake Lamar's Bourgeois Blues, and Patricia Raybon's My First White Friend_in order to discover the connection among race, classification, gender, and journalism perform.
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She can go to beaucoup anti-apartheid rallies, but she’ll never be a race woman, never understand what it is to be compulsively, irrevocably, painfully responsible not only for herself, but for her race. By virtue of my skin color, I’m going to take the weight for this if the shit hits the fan. ”27 Like other reporters from marginalized groups who work in the newsrooms of the mainstream press, Nelson carries with her the weight of expectations of all the members of the group. Whether or not she should carry this weight is not an issue.
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Moreover, it requires an almost machinelike mental state that is difficult to achieve. Acknowledging this failing of objectivity as a journalistic principle would seem to validate the value of a diverse newsroom. If there are people with diverse backgrounds reporting the truth from various perspectives—even perspectives that might possibly overlap with the perspectives of people in the mainstream—then a more complete version of the truth emerges, composed of multiple limited subjectivities. These subjectivities are limited only by the fact that people’s lived experiences differ.