NY Times Writer Is Still Promoted After Racist Tweets Against White People Come to Light
By Tess Farrand, Contributing Writer
On August 1st, The NY Times announced that Sarah Jeong, a writer for Verge, will join the editorial staff at The Times.
After the news broke, a series of racist tweets from 2014 came to light that showed Jeong had a particular bone to pick with white people.
Some of the tweets including statements like, “dumba** f***ing white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing in fire hydrants” and, “oh man it’s kinda of sick how much I get out of being cruel to old white men.”
The NY Times PR team released the following statement last week about the debacle: “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…. We had candid conversations with Sarah as a part of our thorough vetting process, which included a review of her social media history…. She understands that this type of rhetoric is not acceptable at The Times, and we are confident that she will be an important voice for the editorial board moving forward.”
Jeong’s actions mirror the recent recovery of James Gunn’s horrific tweets about rape and pedophilia for which he was fired for in July (read more here). However, unlike Disney’s decision to remove Gunn, The Times claims that Jeong’s realization of her actions is enough for her role as an editor.
Jeong has nearly 100,000 followers on Twitter and therefore, reaches scores of people with her words. We can only hope with her large platform that in the future she will be more considerate of all people and respond to criticism with either kindness or no comment at all. Name-calling and swearing are not ways to squash any online haters.
With all these stories surfacing, we need to heed the words of Paul, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Eph. 4:29).” Now more than ever, we must be mindful of the impact our words have on the Internet.
Please keep in mind that words are powerful (Prov. 18:21), and that we as Christians must be slow to speak and anger (James 1:19).
Let us know how you plan to use your words for good today in the comments…