Filmmaker Ken Burns says PBS Should 'Do Better' on Racial Diversity

Filmmaker Ken Burns says PBS Should 'Do Better' on Racial Diversity


Documentarian Ken Burns, whose documentary about Ernest Hemingway will air this Monday on PBS, threw his support behind the group Beyond Inclusion, which sent a letter to PBS accusing the network of lacking in racial diversity.

In February, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger rejected a filmmaker’s argument that the network’s 40-year relationship with Ken Burns has come at the expense of diversity.

In a letter addressed to Kerger, Beyond Inclusion called out the CEO for saying she “respectfully disagrees” with the notion that the network has an “over-reliance on one white male filmmaker.”

“We are filmmakers, producers, directors, executives and programmers,” the group began in its letter. “We feel compelled to express our disappointment with your remarks which fail to acknowledge efforts across the field that not only diversify voices on major platforms, but also attempt to repair past injustices.”

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Beyond Inclusion is a BIPOC-led group of creatives organizing “for

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