After catching a glimpse of the young man behind Monday’s Boulder, Colorado, grocery store shooting, liberals took to Twitter to express their rage at the evil white man. Most of these tweets were quickly deleted when the shooter was identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a Syrian-born Muslim.
Hemal Jhaveri, USA Today’s ironically named “Race and Inclusion” editor, was very upset after seeing that an angry white man had killed 10 innocents. In response to a tweet posted by Deadspin writer Emily Julia DiCaro, which said, “Extremely tired of people’s lives depending on whether a white man with an AR-15 is having a good day or not,” she wrote, “It’s always an angry white man. Always.” Once she realized she’d been mistaken, she promptly deleted it.
But the damage was done, and on Tuesday morning, Jhaveri was fired. She wrote a public letter which she published on Medium to tell the world about the great injustice she’d just suffered.
“I am no longer employed at USA TODAY, a company that was my work home for almost eight years. On Monday night, I sent a tweet responding to the fact that mass shooters are most likely to be white men. It was a dashed off over-generalization, tweeted after pictures of the shooter being taken into custody surfaced online. It was a careless error of judgment, sent at a heated time, that doesn’t represent my commitment to racial equality. I regret sending it. I apologized and deleted the tweet.”
“There was social media outrage, threats and harassment towards me, and by the end of the day, USA TODAY had relieved me of my position as a Race and Inclusion editor. I wish I were more surprised by it, but I’m not. Some part of me has been waiting for this to happen because I can’t do the work I do and write the columns I write without invoking the ire and anger of alt-right Twitter.”
“I had always hoped that when that moment inevitably came, USA TODAY would stand by me and my track record of speaking the truth about systemic racism. That, obviously, did not happen.”
“My previous tweets were flagged not for inaccuracy or for political bias, but for publicly naming whiteness as a defining problem. That is something USA TODAY, and many other newsrooms across the country, cannot tolerate.”
“Like many BIPOC [black, Indigenous and people of color] writers in newsrooms, I’ve also dealt with the constant micro-aggressions and outright racist remarks from the majority white staff.”
“On two separate occasions, I was asked to edit a piece on young black golfers, but warned not to use language that would alienate white audiences.”
“There’s also the USA TODAY Sports editor, who, upon learning his daughter was going to marry an Indian man only spoke to me to ask questions about what it was like to be Indian never about my beat as an NHL writer.”
“This is not about bias, or keeping personal opinions off of Twitter. It’s about challenging whiteness and being punished for it. … Like many places, USA TODAY values ‘equality and inclusion,’ but only as long as it knows its rightful place, which is subservient to white authority.”
“White USA TODAY reporters have been able to minimize racialized people in print, our white Editor-In-Chief was thoughtless about black face, and a senior politics editor (also white) showed disregard for journalistic ethics by hosting a tax payer funded reception for Trump appointees. All kept their jobs. Sending one wrong tweet that ended up in the hands of Sean Hannity on Fox News though, was enough for this publication to turn tail. So many newsrooms claim to value diverse voices, yet when it comes to backing them up, or looking deeper into how white supremacy permeates their own newsrooms, they quickly retreat.”
Doesn’t sound like she’s learned anything from this experience, does it? Readers?