After being rocked by several sexual harassment scandals, Fox News is now facing accusations of racial discrimination and harassment in a class-action law suit involving anchor Kelly Wright and a dozen other current or former employees.
“This racial divide that’s going on — we can talk about Fox News, but it’s happening everywhere,” said Wright. “And we, as Americans, have got to start standing up and saying enough is enough. I hope that the R-word, racism, becomes like the N-word and [is] never used in our vocabulary ever again.”
Wright, an anchor with the network since 2003, claims he “has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a ‘Jim Crow’ — the racist caricature of a black entertainer.”
Wright also charged that Fox News co-president Bill Shine allegedly “demonstrated an obsession with race” when speaking with him, and said the network has criticized him for trying to cover the black community in a positive light.
In a press conference, Wright said, “I admire, like, and even love the people I work with and for, but I don’t like what they do.”
He also stated that he and his co-workers brought the lawsuit against Fox News with “no incentive from left-wing conspirators or financiers to destroy Fox News.”
Charging “institutional racial bias,” and a leadership that has “lost its way and failed to include equality for all” by overlooking “the value of diversity or inclusion in the workplace,” Wright noted that he is the only black male anchor on the network, “which, in 2017, should not be the case and speaks volumes about the disregard for equality at Fox News.”
H/T: The Hill
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