Shared a few days ago was Parham's open letter on Gawker's responsibility to diversity. Denton responded here.

Some excerpts below. (Nick's bolded his own words for emphasis, the linethrough was done on my part lol)

You call for more Latina, queer and black voices. Yes. And yes, the arrival at Jezebel of Jia Tolentino, Clover Hope, and Julianne Escobedo Shepherd should be celebrated, for the evident quality of their contributions to the page as much as the variety they add to the names on the masthead. By the way, the single biggest contribution to a better sexual balance among our writers would come through the expansion of Jezebel. It's beginning.

The organization has always hired for talent rather than conventional pedigree. Gawker's first editor was an adopted child with a Latina birth mother. Though I was oblivious to the fact or its significance, Jezebel was founded by a black woman. I've never looked at diversity hiring as an obligation; it is something more positive than that, an opportunity for an insurgent organization to pick up talent that others might have overlooked.

And that brings me to my second point: a modern media organization's approach has to reflect the diversity of a multi-cultural society in which the generalizations about broad categories — black and white, or male and female, for instance — are increasingly misleading.

It's already evident that identities overlap. In census responses, the number of people choosing a compound ethnic identity grew by a third between 2000 and 2010. Traditional categories such as Hispanic encompass tremendous variety: Dominicans in New York are distinct from Mexicans in Texas or California. Some see themselves as white, some as black, some as mestizo.

We've been talking mainly about sexual and ethnic diversity, and the need to recognize diversity within different groups. But I believe we need to go further — embracing age groups beyond our core demo, people with divergent political views, and above all those of different socio-economic class. We should open our conversation and our ranks, on sites like Gawker and Jezebel in particular, to people who are not so well versed in the rules of modern discourse, to people who don't know the conjugation of the word othered.

Let's welcome, if not out-and-out racists, then at least the wide array of people with whom a conversation is possible: national greatness conservatives, Burkean Tories and business pragmatists, for instance; Christians and other spiritual people; economic liberals, libertarians and techno-utopians; and black and other social conservatives.

You speak of duty. It is the duty of any serious political person, anyone interested in collective action, to search for common ground; that is the very essence of all politics. And it is the duty of a writer, especially on an open platform, to be interesting.