Sarah Jeong is an editor at the The New York Times, and she recently wrote an article on “the hostile internet.” Detailing the threats and harassment that she and others claim to have endured, Jeong complained that “the internet hated” her. Granted, she has no problem being hateful herself:
Jeong has openly bragged about being cruel to elderly white men. She also compared whites to animals and monsters in a series of racist tweets. What’s more, she’s obviously not ashamed of those comments. How do we know?
They’re still up.
Jeong hasn’t removed any of her bigoted messages. That isn’t a problem for her employer: the New York Times stood behind her even after they were publicized two years ago. Twitter wasn’t bothered either, awarding her a blue check mark.
Jeong complained that President Trump had called her “disgusting” and protested that her tweets were merely “irreverent jokes,” but it’s hard to believe they would have been tolerated if any other group had been the target. Indeed, Candace Owns was suspended when she tweeted the same statements but replaced “white” with “black.”
What makes this so ironic is that the Times has decided to make fighting racism its new mission. Transcripts of a meeting there were leaked to Slate, and they quote one staffer who declared, "I just feel like racism is in everything." This person also claimed "white supremacy" is an omnipresent force.
According to the FBI, whites are actually unrepresented when it comes to committing hates crimes and are more often the victims of interracial violence than they are the perpetrators of it. What's also true? That no matter their color, most Americans abhor cruelty and dehumanization.
Sarah Jeong could learn something from them.
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