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A letter to our readers




 

Many parents and other concerned members of our community have written to us to convey their feelings of anger, pain and disappointment about the cover of our May magazine. By featuring a photo of 12 babies in a parenting group that had no racial diversity as the cover photo for our baby issue, we perpetuated something we abhor: the vast underrepresentation of families of color in the media. We deeply regret doing so and apologize.

 

Thank you for holding us accountable and prompting us to examine the actions and inactions that led to such an egregious mistake. It is the core mission of Seattle’s Child to have all of our readers see themselves in our pages. Clearly, this time we miserably failed.

 

We will do better. In order to make a meaningful structural change we will do a yearly racism audit with the guidance of people who specialize in antiracism training and share our findings with the public.  This will include looking at our production and editorial processes and examining our own biases and actions, expanding the diversity of the people determining our content and playing a more active role in speaking out about the impact of racism on families in our city. Our first racism audit will be published on our website in July. If you would like a notification when the racism audit is available, please send us an email at editor@seattleschild.com with the subject line: "Send Me the Racism Audit" and we'll send you the link once it's published.

 

You’ve been heard, readers: We’ll listen, learn and change in order to better uphold our commitment to making Seattle a place where all our children can thrive. 

 

Ann Bergman
Editor and publisher
Seattle's Child

 


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