Quick Take: Black Orchestra Player Claims Discrimination for Firing

Orrin Konheim
2 min readMay 24, 2024

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THIS STORY FROM THE WASHINGTON POST CAUGHT MY ATTENTION TODAY

“A Black rising star lost his elite orchestra job. He won’t go quietly.

Josh Jones thought the Kansas City Symphony dismissed him unjustly — and took his complaints public. Supporters say he’s exposing an antiquated system that thwarts promising young talen”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/2024/05/24/josh-jones-kansas-city-symphony/?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most&carta-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F3dd0d64%2F6650b7a5d8dbdc1a348f3392%2F5a0cc2d8ae7e8a2d8fc750bf%2F8%2F46%2F6650b7a5d8dbdc1a348f3392

The article is definitely veering towards a “He was fired and black. One has to do with the other” nature, though I appreciate that it goes to great lengths to get every side of the story, and speak to larger dynamics of power…

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Orrin Konheim

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