Of course, the election of Obama provided African Americans, including myself, with a sense of pride and achievement. It affirmed the possibility for this nation to take progressive steps if people band together. The admiration for Obama which has been shared by a wide spectrum of citizens of different hues and cultural background comes from his intellect, confidence and tenacity as he leads a nation in crisis.
Does that mean black media will agree with all of his policies? Of course not. However, at Black Enterprise, our job first and foremost will be to dissect and dissect the administration’s complex policies and show our readers to use them to benefit their households, businesses, and families.
Personally, I find it refreshing to be included in reporting on policy and gaining access to officials on the political front lines. To me, all of black media must be included in the information flowing from Washington because our readers need this vital news and deserve to be full participants in the process. Also, black media is not monolithic. For instance, Ebony, Essence and Black Enterprise hold different missions and serve different constituencies.
For decades, most of black media has had to report much of the activities of the White House from a distance. The Obama administration has made a good start in bridging the information gap. We will make sure it continues across departments and agencies. Through the continuation of this inclusive policy, black media will be positioned where it deserves — in the mainstream.
Derek T. Dingle is the editor-in-chief of Black Enterprise magazine.