Please help me to understand something. Is a racist remark only considered racist if a white person utters it? What is it called when an Asian makes a bigoted remark about a white person? Or hundreds of them? Just curious, because the new hire at the New York Times Editorial Board, Sarah Jeong, an Asian, really, really doesn’t like white people – at all.
On Wednesday, the New York Times proudly announced that Sarah Jeong would be joining them.
“What would it be like if we all deleted Facebook? What does the future of online privacy look like? Why can’t the tech industry diversify? Are monkeys allowed to sue over copyrights? And what in the world is #cockygate?
To answer questions like these, the editorial board will soon be turning to Sarah Jeong, who will join us in September as our lead writer on technology. Sarah will also collaborate with Susan Fowler Rigetti, our incoming tech op-ed editor, and Kara Swisher, our latest contributor on tech issues.
Sarah has guided readers through the digital world with verve and erudition, staying ahead of every turn on the vast beat that is the internet.
She arrives most recently from the Verge, where she’s a senior writer. She also authored the book, “The Internet of Garbage,” which examines the many forms of online harassment, free speech, and the challenges of moderating platforms and social media networks.
Born in South Korea, Sarah grew up in North Carolina and California. She’s both a journalist and a lawyer. As a student at Harvard Law School, she edited the Journal of Law & Gender and worked at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She was a Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale for 2016 and was named to Forbes 30 under 30 for Media in 2017. She’s written for The Atlantic, Vice’s Motherboard, The Washington Post, and The New York Times Magazine.
Sarah lives in Portland, Ore., and will be writing for us from there. She’ll pay us a visit in the early fall, and we hope you’ll all join us in welcoming her then.”
Smart young woman. Great resume. But take a look at some of her tweets.
Are these racist?
These are tweets by Sarah Jeong who was just hired to the NYT editorial board. pic.twitter.com/B3P7ay8QNR
— Armin Navabi (@ArminNavabi) August 2, 2018
In case you would like to see more of Ms. Jeong’s prose, the link below will bring you to a collection of all of her tweets that mention “white people.”
Okay, so what should the New York Times do? How can the newspaper keep her on when they denounce Roseanne Barr for an extremely stupid, but singular racist tweet?
This isn’t just a tweet or two on a desperate day. Apparently, this is Ms. Jeong’s worldview. She certainly offers no apologies or excuses for her behavior.
Okay Gray Lady, it’s your move.
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