Posted by: Vikb
Her article was about why the same women's riders were always featured. She told the complainers to stop complaining and work harder and market themselves better. The problems the CBC article pointed out are embedded within the biases/assumptions present in the original article. My criticism stands. If you don't agree that's fine.
Yes, Selig's article took a look at why it's "always the same 10 women at freeride events", but she lays out some pretty reasonable reasons why that might be and how to change it. Her article was directly about athletes being at the top of the sport and getting a chance to compete at events.
The CBC article went out into left field with with the whole "white wealthy" thing, which is a part of the inequity in many sports, but that's not what Selig's article was addressing. So when you talk about diversity, what are you referring to exactly? Ethnic diversity as highlighted in the CBC article or a less innocuous meaning of diversity that refers to more than those typical 10 riders getting invited to a comp? Those are two very different things and is a huge problem in the CBC article as it misrepresents the Selig article.
Edit: the more I re-read the CBC article the worse it gets in how it misrepresents what Selig was speaking to. While the CBC article does touch on an important topic, the manner in which it does it is closer to defamatory click-bait trash than good journalism. If they want to address the issue of racial inequity in outdoor sports that's great, but doing it off the back of someone who wasn't even speaking to that issue is disingenuous and troublesome.
Edit #2 : Naidu even lies when she says this; "The article refutes all systemic barriers that centuries of colonialism have established, suggesting that the reason we don't see women of colour in upper echelons of outdoor sports is due to their own poor choices and a lack of hard work or work ethic." Selig doesn't bring colour into the argument at all and Naidu fabricates reasons that simply did not exist in Selig's article. That type of thing harms social justice, it doesn't help it.