Following the New York Times announcement to hire the tech journalist Sarah Jeong as part of its editorial board, internet users have been digging through a disturbing social media history.
A series of hostile tweets between 2013 and 2015 were discovered, and shared by many right-leaning accounts on Twitter. In the tweets, Jeong revealed hatred against the whole race of white people. Not only this, but Jeong did actually call to eliminate the whole white race off the face of the earth with hashtag like: “Cancel White People” and “White people have stopped breeding”.
Another tweets were found in which she mentioned things like: “Oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.”
Jeong’s old tweets sparked huge outrage among Americans, who were split between supporters of Jeong and anti-left who criticized the NYT itself who stood by its decision to hire the “racist” journalist.
Among the supporters was the writer Andrew Sullivan who wrote a long piece criticizing Jeong’s tweets as promoting “eliminationist rhetoric” and portraying white people as “subhuman.”
The controsvery surrounded how this rhetoric could be contamptible with the New York Times editorial board. However, the NYT’s choice of the journalist was the reason standing behind most of the backlash.
Shortly after the backlash against the NYT erupted, the newspaper decided to break the silence and went to release a statement in which they explained their decision.
The NYT used the fact that Jeong is of Asian descent as a justification for her old hostile tweets.
“Her journalism and the fact that she is a young Asian woman have made her a subject of frequent online harassment. For a period of time, she responded to that harassment by imitating the rhetoric of her harassers.”
Few minutes later, Joeng herself released a statement on her Twitter expressing her “deep regret” for mimicking the language of her harasser to defend herself against racism.
“I can understand how hurtful these posts are out of context, and would not do it again.”
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