I really hate the idea that low salaries are one of the primary reasons for publishing’s lack of diversity, as if being BIPOC* means being poor; like plenty of middle-class BIPOC haven’t been excluded from, or pushed out of the industry, for deeper systemic reasons.
Raising starting salaries is a nice PR move that won’t impact diversity in any meaningful way without a variety of harder, more meaningful changes—including overdue housecleaning in executive roles. Until then, it just means the usual suspects will get paid a little better while claiming progress.
Jen Baker goes on the record to sum it up: “If we’re still going to have to tiptoe around white privilege, white supremacy, none of this is going to change. Ever. It’s just going to look different. But it’s going to be the same.”
* I really hate the term BIPOC as it lumps a broad variety of people together who have nothing in common beyond not being white. #cmonson