Magazine June 11, 2012, Issue

Diverse Like Me

Elizabeth Warren speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, January 19, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
Our Mexican writer reflects on the Cherokee Senate candidate

Once, not too long ago, when I was hiring writers for a television show, a network executive called me up.

“We’re really hoping you’ll keep diversity in mind when you make your choices,” he said. “It’s sort of company policy to hire as many diverse writers as possible.”

How a writer — or anyone — can be described as “diverse” is a mystery to me. But when someone says something I don’t understand, my general policy is to simply agree with it and move on. Asking for clarification, in my experience, always leads to one of two undesirable outcomes — either I …

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