NYT’s New Editorial Board Member and the Controversy
The New York Times announced last week that Sarah Jeong, most recently a Senior Writer at The Verge, is joining theNYT Editorial Board as Lead Technology Writer. Then came the conservative outcry. A survey of Jeong’s past commentary on Twitter reveals several mainly sarcastic tweets dating back to 2013, which were largely discussing and responding to the oppressive mentality of white culture. Commenting on the idea that white people often believe they are being discriminated against when they aren’t, 30-year-old Jeong tweeted, “Having things you like criticized is not pain or marginalization.” And followed it up with, “#CancelWhitePoeple.” The South Korean board journalist’s point was likely to scoff at the false equivalency of “being mean to white people” vs. the actual systemic oppression and marginalization of minority groups. Multiple screencapped tweets circulated the internet which prompted the NYT to say it doesn't "condone" the language in Jeong's controversial tweets that resurfaced after her hire, but the paper also isn't letting her go. The cries of racism against University of California at Berkeley grad, who went on to complete law school at Harvard, then drew writer Andrew Sullivan to write a widely derided opinion piece that characterized Jeong’s comments as promoting “eliminationist rhetoric” and portraying white people as “subhuman.” On Thursday, Jeong issued a statement. “I engaged in what I thought at the time was counter trolling. While it was intended as satire, I deeply regret that I mimicked the language of my harassers. These comments were not aimed at a general audience, because general audiences do not engage in harassment campaigns. I can understand how hurtful these posts are out of context, and would not do it again.” More here.