The Bon Appétit and Epicurious staff:
Our mastheads have been far too white for far too long. As a result, the recipes, stories, and people we’ve highlighted have too often come from a white-centric viewpoint. At times we have treated non-white stories as “not newsworthy” or “trendy.” Other times we have appropriated, co-opted, and Columbused them. While we’ve hired more people of color, we have continued to tokenize many BIPOC staffers and contributors in our videos and on our pages. Many new BIPOC hires have been in entry-level positions with little power, and we will be looking to accelerate their career advancement and pay. Black staffers have been saddled with contributing racial education to our staffs and appearing in editorial and promotional photo shoots to make our brands seem more diverse. We haven’t properly learned from or taken ownership of our mistakes. But things are going to change.
This, coming on the heels of a courageous series of posts by Sohla El-Waylly where she pointed out incredible inequities at BA which also led to Adam Rapport’s abrupt resignation (in shame). I’ve admittedly been a big BA fan for a long time, and very much hope that what the leadership has put forth is actually implemented.
Update: Some additional context. I’m not quite as hopeful.