The 2020 New Yorker Festival goes virtual for one week Monday-Sunday, October 5-11, 2020. This year’s festival is virtual, but there is a screening of “One Night in Miami…” at the Queens Drive-In and a delivery dinner prepared by Harlem chefs Pierre Thiam of Teranga and JJ Johnson of Fieldtrip.
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was scheduled to speak on opening day, but she, Senator Elizabeth Warren and then former Attorney General Eric Holder withdrew in support of The NewsGuild, the New Yorker’s labor union, who is picketing the magazine. Ticket holders can receive a refund.
The New Yorker Festival Has No Latins
That leaves the festival with no Latin participants. You can dig down to Fiona Apple’s Melungeon heritage (Google it), but that’s about all. There are participants from the Jewish and Black communities which is cool, but Latins just don’t seem to exist.
Come on “The New Yorker.” AOC would have checked the Hispanic box nicely, but you can’t find any other interesting Latin politicians or creatives? Or maybe you just used AOC as a box checker.
Editor David Remnick, you are such a great thinker and writer. You don’t know any Latins? We’d be happy to introduce you. We are over 16% of Americans and over 29% of New Yorkers.
The other side of the coin is that Latins need to step up. In this tumultuous moment of racial reckoning, we are reading a lot of “if they’ll just get out of the way” cultural commentaries. A fair chance would be nice, but if “they” get out of the way and “we” don’t show up, then what?
We get it that it’s a crazy time and “The New Yorker” probably thought it had Hispanics covered, but we are disappointed to not be included. A reckoning that leaves out 16-29% of the people is not much of a reckoning. Leaving Latins out doesn’t just hurt Latins, it damages the integrity of “The New Yorker.”
Oh and “The New Yorker” is a Conde Nast publication, so this reflects on corporate too. This also reflects on your sponsors Amazon Studios and Showtime (CBS). In fact it reflects on all “New Yorker” advertisers.
We hope that next year, The New Yorker Festival will actually represent New Yorkers.
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