Volunteer Slavery is how a freelance writer named Jill Nelson – who had never worked a full-time magazine or newspaper job in her life – was hired by The Washington Post, one of the more ruthless corporations around. Unfamiliar with office culture due to lack of professional experience, Nelson is unable to handle the hostile office politics of the newspaper and eventually quits. All the while, she blames everyone else for her problems, trashes seasoned pros, and details her sex life and substance abuse. Nelson’s book is dishonest because she lacks the courage and inner-strength to examine what her “authentic negro experience” was really all about: she was hired by The Washington Post because they wanted to hire an inexperienced minority staffer that would fail. One of the most sinister practices in journalism is when white employers deliberately ignore and do not hire the legions of seasoned, award-winning, and tough minority journalists in this country – whom they know will survive and triumph over office politics – and instead hire green rookies that are easily crushed. Afterwards, white employers can quickly replace them with a white employee and claim, “well, we tried hiring a minority, but..” and still claim adherance to diversity in the workplace. Volunteer Slavery reveals more between the lines than anything that appears in actual print.
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (July 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014023716X
- ISBN-13: 978-0140237160