Steve has written about how the New York Times hired Sarah Jeong to be part of its editorial board, even though it knew Jeong has written a series of vicious, foul-mouthed attacks on white people, collectively. The Times excuses Jeong ravings on the theory that she was merely “imitating the rhetoric of her harassers” on the internet.
Rubbish. As John Sexton counters:
First, the tweets aren’t all replying to other people. Second, the tweets are spread over a span of several years. Third and most importantly, other people behaving like racist trolls is not an excuse for behaving like a racist troll. Someone who makes a living writing about social media probably ought to know that. You are responsible for what you say, regardless of what someone else said. Maybe, once or twice, you get carried away by anger but not for 3 years at random intervals.
Kevin Williamson, the conservative sacked by The Atlantic for expressing an opinion far less hateful than Jeong’s serial racist invective, takes the high road. He says the Times should “resist the social-media mob campaign to have [Jeong] dismissed.”
The Times can resist or not resist, as it chooses, but no one should buy its preposterous defense of Jeong. If the Times is fine with hiring and retaining an anti-white racist on its editorial board, then we’re entitled to conclude that the Times condones her racism and is, if not “the enemy of the American people,” at least an enemy of American white people.
NOTE: In the original post, I stated incorrectly that Williamson was sacked by the New York Times.