@ Cary and Matthew:
I appreciate you wanting to keep your web design and your social commentary separate, but really, the purpose of this article was to demonstrate why we believe that’s a false separation.
Just as ALA has always covered topics related to our industry’s culture—just look at Nishant Kothary’s column, “The Human Web,” or Jonathan Kahn’s article, “People Skills for Web Workers.” At ALA, we believe that the best web professionals combine technical skills with a thoughtfulness for people—the users we make things for, of course, but also the people they make things with—our teammates, clients, bosses, and peers. We all need to gain skills for working with diverse people and building positive and sustainable workplaces. And we absolutely believe that has always had, and will continue to have, a place in ALA.
We’re not going to publish articles solely about diversity or inclusivity—but we will publish articles about those topics when they relate to our industry, and when we think they will help people who work on the web make better decisions, and ultimately build better products. In fact, we’ve always been open to this.
The biggest change, here, is that we decided to put it into writing, to make clear for others what we believe: that this is a mainstream problem in our industry. And as a mainstream industry publication, we are responsible for covering it.