The dominance of the white male critic

In this New York Times Op-Ed, our program officer Chi-hui Yang and Elizabeth Méndez Berry argue that we have a dangerous blind spot in our national conversation about culture. By employing mostly white males to act as their critics across almost every art form, major media outlets threaten to displace a new, dynamic generation of artists of color from important economic and intellectual marketplaces.

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