Diversity and Multiculturalism
Jannette L. Dates
Carolyn A. Stroman
There is no more comprehensive or far-reaching change in U.S. society in the 1990s than its growing multiculturalism and racial diversity. The result of the news media's tendency to bury their collective head in the sand on this point is that the "mainstream" news organizations in this country have abandoned their moral imperative to represent the society they serve. Simultaneously, they are losing their economic ability to survive in an increasingly diverse culture whose needs they fail to fulfill. The tasks of recruiting and retaining minority students and faculty, of infusing information about covering a multicultural society into our curricula, of pluralizing our student media, all present a substantial challenge to journalism educators. But, in the academy, as in the newsroom, the challenges of diversity must be met.
-- Pease ( 1993, pp. 9, 14)
Futurists predict that people of color will constitute one third of the U.S. population by the year 2000, as they also note that people of color and women are already more than half of the labor force, and that White men will constitute only 15% of the increase in the workforce in the coming years ( Enoch, 1991; Hill, 1991).
Today, in the United States we already live in a multicultural world, where the popular culture has introduced us to others' foods, music, histories, customs, and more. Moreover, futurists predict that a multi-