Philadelphia Magazine has come under fire again for another misstep regarding race.
Their new issue features "a city parent's guide to schools." But there are no African American children on the cover despite the fact that the Philadelphia School District is about 68 percent black.
The school featured on the cover is the Greenfield School, where students of color make up about 58 percent of the student population.
Philadelphia Magazine does not breakdown the racial makeup of their audience but they state that the average household income of their readers is $176,200 and the average net worth of their readers is around $1.5 million.
Meanwhile, the median household income in the city is $37,192. The Philly Mag readership is thus more likely from the surrounding areas, not the city itself.
So, is there anything wrong with the magazine featuring non-African American students on the cover? If their readership is predominantly suburban and white, are they simply considering their audience with this cover? Or do they have an obligation to represent the city as it is?
Keep in mind, this is the same magazine that published a controversial story about race relations in the city about two years ago.
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