Sunday, March 30, 2014

More black racism

EBONY founder John H. Johnson once said that he created EBONY magazine with the intention to affirm a certain sense of "somebodiness" for African Americans. Nearly 70 years ago the magazine began on the principle that, as Black people, we are all somebody—we all count.

Yesterday, the spirit of this mission was disregarded by Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux in a personal Twitter exchange between herself and RNC Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams. In part of the exchange, Lemieux responded to an attempt at discourse from Williams with words that curtly dismissed him and his suggestion that she be interested in the "diversity of thought." She also misidentified him, unintentionally, as White. Williams is Black.

EBONY strongly believes in the marketplace of ideas. As the magazine of record for the African American community, Lemieux's tweets in question do not represent our journalistic standard, tradition or practice of celebrating diverse Black thought.

In a letter to EBONY from RNC President Reince Priebus, he suggests, "that we can use this unfortunate episode as a catalyst for greater understanding between the Republican Party and the black community."

EBONY acknowledges Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux's lack of judgment on her personal Twitter account and apologizes to Raffi Williams and the Black Republican community.



Anonymous said...

Why isn't there a magazine called "Ivory" to discuss issues of concern to the "White Community"? The whole thing is redolent of racism/racialism in its literal sense.

Anonymous said...

So when will they fired her? Not.
If it had been a white editor, they'd be gone by now. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton would be leading the pickets in front of the magazine demanding reparation money and more diversity (quota) in their staff.

Stan B said...

"Black Republican Community."

Dividing the world into smaller and smaller exploitable and/or meaningless sub-groups.

Apparently the "White Republican Community" shouldn't take offense at being dismissed just because we're white.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, many blacks think that only the democratic party represents values important to blacks. Unfortunately, that party takes them for granted and supports policies which keep many blacks (dare I say it?) enslaved to the government.