Gabriel Snyder, the new editor-in-chief of the New Republic, today announced renovations at the magazine with a bold statement about racial diversity:
As we revive one proud legacy of The New Republic—the launching of new voices and experts—those new voices and experts will be diverse in race, gender, and background. As we build our editorial staff, we will reach out to talented journalists who might have previously felt unwelcome at The New Republic. If this publication is to be influential, and not merely survive, it can no longer afford to represent the views of one privileged class, nor appeal solely to a small demographic of political elites.
Snyder announced some of those new contributors Monday on Twitter:
When The New Republic turned into Masada last week, the divide among commentators was: Is this about a digital media baron (Chris Hughes) who doesn’t understand traditional journalism? Or is this about a millennial who was not indoctrinated in Zionism bringing down the curtain on a racist, neoconservative regime? I took the latter position; and there is support for my view today. I also said that the magazine’s purge means the end of the Jewish establishment, a statement Peter Beinart echoes: “the likely end of TNR’s Jewish sensibility may portend the declining influence of Jewish culture in American intellectual life.” Many will read Snyder’s statement about a diverse group as signaling that cultural moment. (Heck, Vietnam did it to the WASP elite; Iraq should have consequences, too…)
Ungar-Sargon wrote a very fair story on Open Hillel for the Forward. Jeet Heer has been very good on the conflict and did some excellent tweets on the New Republic’s racism.
(H/t Catherine Thompson’s report at TPM).