The newest member of the New York Times editorial board has a history of posting racist tweets against white people – a history the Times is now defending.
Sarah Jeong, in multiple tweets between 2013 and 2015, used hateful and obscene language to denigrate white people. After word of her past tweets hit the internet, there was an assumption that she would be treated by numerous other high-profile individuals whose past tweeting cost them their job. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently lost his job with Disney after his tweets about pedophilia and AIDS caused outrage. Jeong seemed poised to be the next person to be undone by their tweets.
The New York Times, however, is standing by Jeong, even defending her as a victim.
The Times had previously fired a writer it had hired only hours before, after her history of using anti-gay and racist words in tweets was revealed online. The only difference is that writer, Quinn Norton, criticized gays and African Americans. Jeong is accused of using hateful terms against white people. So she is keeping her job.
Sarah Jeong, who will be joining the New York Times editorial board in September, has expressed open disdain for white people in numerous tweets sent between 2013 and 2015.
Jeong’s Twitter account is replete with racial insults against white people, whom she has described as “groveling goblins,” “bullshit,” “miserable,” and “dogs.”
“Dumba** f***ing white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants,” Jeong wrote in November 2014. “Are white people genetically predisposed to burn faster un the sun, thus logically being only fit to live underground like groveling goblins,” she wrote a month later.
Jeong, who was hired Wednesday as the Times‘s lead editorial writer on technology, attended Harvard Law School and has previously written for the Atlantic, Motherboard, the Washington Post, and the New York Times Magazine.
Screenshots of Jeong’s tweets have been posted on Twitter, and they are at such a hateful level that many are asking how this person could even be considered for such a prestigious position in journalism with this temperament.
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
Jeong’s comments, which have drawn considerable backlash among fellow journalists on Twitter, emerged months after the Times fired another new hire, Quinn Norton, over racist and anti-gay language in her old tweets.
Just hours after hiring Norton as a tech writer, the Times revoked the offer, claiming it was initially unaware of the tweets.
“Despite our review of Quinn Norton’s work and our conversations with her previous employers, this was new information to us. Based on it, we’ve decided to go our separate ways,” Times editorial-page editor James Bennet said at the time.
“I’m sorry I can’t do the work I wanted to do with them. I wish there had been a way, but ultimately, they need to feel safe with how the net will react to their opinion writers,” Norton tweeted after being dismissed.
The Times tweeted out a statement defending its decision to keep Jeong. It claims her tweets were in response to online harassment.
Our statement in response to criticism of the hiring of Sarah Jeong. pic.twitter.com/WryIgbaoqg
— NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) August 2, 2018
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