Friday, June 08, 2007

Precious Williams and racism in newspapers

Precious Williams on Jon Snow and the Mail on Sunday, click here

More interesting comments from Arcati readers on Precious Williams and racism in newspapers. Anonymous 1 writes:

Entirely tangential, I appreciate, but I was a casual sub on the Sindy news desk in 1999/2000 and worked with/near Precious Williams.

She was the only staffer, in an exceptionally unfriendly, paranoid environment, who
ever deigned to speak.

Being completely honest, the reason I remember her is that she was the only one who included me in the tea run.

But she was also friendly (said hello; talked about work; stories in the paper; the weather; generally behaved as a normal human being should) and unassuming. I also - very occasionally, I should add - subbed her work and it was well-researched, nicely written stuff.

No idea what she's been doing since, but can't see why she would conjure up some Jon Snow fabulation; every reason for him to deny inconvenient truths, though.

NB: I also remember her because she had fabulous Macy Gray hair, but it was just before Macy Gray was hot.

Anonymous 2 writes:

Newspapers like nothing better than to get black/asian faces to stick in byline pictures. But as a black journalist working on the production side of things I feel that newspapers are pretty racist places to work. It's not overt of course, it's things like missed promotions and hearing that another senior journalist who has never worked with you thinks you are 'trouble' - and looking out at a sea of white faces as you do your job ... Look around your newsrooms - most black people working for newspapers are in the canteen or emptying bins...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm an Asian journalist. One thing that always amuses me is how, if an alien landed in Britain and watched local and national TV news for a week he would think that half of Britain's population was comprised of Asian women. They are the most fashionable and liberal white-guilt-alleviating appendages in the world --- look how multicultural we are, how generous, how wonderfully right on.

No newsroom is complete without a female Asian newsreader. They're so cute too. Kill two birds with one stone -- eye candy and white liberal self congratulation.

They also seem like such spoilt Princess Tippy Toes to me ---- Indian Princesses from priveliged backgrounds, (parents rich businessmen, doctors, dentists, private school, Oxford or Cambridge, shit doesnt stink types who are actually embarassed by working class Asians --- I know them so well), getting an easy ride to TV journalism fame off the back of white liberal affirmative action overdrive. They're about as oppressed as Zara Phillips but they get to where they are off the back of assuaging the supposed oppression of Asians in British society. And of course, it also absolves the broadcasters of the need to really employ journalists and editors and producers from as wide a variety of ethnic backgrounds throughout their organisations --- but hey, we have smiley brown newsreaders! We are multicultural!

Carlos Singh

(London)

Anonymous said...

A casual sub writes: "Being completely honest, the reason I remember her..."

Would a proper sub have avoided the dangling participle?

nsfl

Anonymous said...

This whole disgusting fiasco is *all* about Williams's race IMO. My sources tell me that Williams is not only not crazy but that she is actually kind, funny and unassuming. This is a real case of "let's put this ambitious nigger in her place". Makes me feel almost ashamed to work in the industry.

Anonymous said...

'A casual sub writes: "Being completely honest, the reason I remember her..."

Would a proper sub have avoided the dangling participle?

nsfl'

Hehe - nice point. I've long since returned to writing and now leave it to subs, casual or otherwise, to remedy such infelicities. Just call me complaisant.

Anonymous said...

"This whole disgusting fiasco is *all* about Williams's race IMO. My sources tell me that Williams is not only not crazy but that she is actually kind, funny and unassuming. This is a real case of "let's put this ambitious nigger in her place". Makes me feel almost ashamed to work in the industry."

There's an interesting point, here, but not very clear. Can you elucidate, please?

Anonymous said...

Yes I can elucidate. Take a look at today's Independent piece about Snow/Williams and read it carefully. The writer appears not to have even bothered to front up Williams. A black's views don't even count....she just must be the villain, after all she's black....