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CNN has decided that it no longer wants to support the National Association of Black Journalists after the organization called it out.
The cable news network has donated to the NABJ for years, and its acted as a sponsor for the association’s annual convention and career fair for quite some time. That all changed last week, though, when the NABJ released a statement about racial relations at CNN for the network’s Black employees in a write-up titled, “NABJ Concerned About Atmosphere at CNN for African Americans.”
The NABJ wrote about its concern that the professional atmosphere has led to huge swaths of African-American staffers either quitting or being terminated. Among their ranks are several Black anchors that have been yanked from the screen. Some have even left the network all together! Moreover, since this time last year, NABJ claims that about 12 African-American managers have exited CNN as well. So, TL;DR: things are not looking good for Black people at CNN, and the NABJ was not going to ignore the problem because the network gives them money.
Well, as you can imagine, CNN was not happy about the NABJ’s statement and it quickly pulled its support from the NABJ’s 2015 Convention & Career Fair.
“I understand the company has a right to make personnel decisions,” NABJ President Bob Butler said in a statement. “There were not that many African American managers at CNN in the first place. These layoffs have hurt our members tremendously.
He said in conclusion, “I am severely disappointed that CNN has ended our partnership.”