Rebecca Carroll is an accomplished author and journalist who has written articles you can find in The New York Times, Ebony, The Guardian and The Daily Beast, among other places. In her recent piece for The New Republic titled “I’m a Black Journalist. I’m Quitting Because I’m Tired of Newsroom Racism,” Carroll writes, “I’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on my career in the media industry. In doing so, it has occurred to me that at nearly every job I have ever had, I have encountered some sort of racial incident—either personally directed at me or witnessed by me as a third party.” At the end of the article, she announces she’s officially leaving the “staff bullpen of journalism.”
Fusion’s Alicia Menendez sat down with Carroll to talk about her experience in media. Menendez asked Carroll if she’s exacerbating the lack of racial diversity in newsrooms by leaving hers.
“I am someone with opinions, someone who is fiercely protective of my individuality and I am someone who cares deeply about race and culture in this country,” Carroll responded. “I’m going to be that person who moves that needle, but at a certain point I began to feel so wholly exhausted and I wasn’t able to do the work that I love to do.”
It’s a disheartening conclusion from a talented journalist.
For more on the status of women and journalists of color, see the Women’s Media Center 2014 report.