The schism between the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and Unity will likely remain unresolved, according to news from the NABJ convention, which was held in New Orleans this week.

NABJ left the alliance of minority journalists in April 2011 over financial and governance issues, and an NABJ commission on Tuesday recommended that it should not go back to the Unity coalition “at this time.”

Since NABJ’s departure, the national associations of Hispanic, Asian American and Native American journalists invited the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) to join and changed the name from “Unity: Journalists of Color, Inc.” to “Unity Journalists.”

Keith Reed, the NABJ treasurer who led the commission, told Journal-isms that the NLGJA’s admission was not the reason for the commission’s decision. “Unity had already begun to move away from its roots,” he said. Though it started as a means for “co-located conventions,” the coalition had started “raising a lot of money,” moving toward merging organizations and “in many instances competing with one another for revenue.”

Unity founder Juan Gonzalez, of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, told Journal-isms that he agreed with the commission’s decision.

“There comes a time when you must admit, even those of us who labored for years to create and preserve this unique alliance of journalists of color, that things have radically changed, that UNITY has lost its way,” Gonzalez said in a statement.