Racism at the New York Times!

After the excursion ended, according to multiple parents of students on the trip who spoke with The Daily Beast along with documents shared with the Times and reviewed by the Beast, many participants relayed a series of troubling accusations to the paper: McNeil repeatedly made racist and sexist remarks throughout the trip including, according to two complaints, using the “n-word.”

Hmm, what did he say?

“I would change the journalist. He was a racist,” a third person wrote. “He used the ‘N’ word, said horrible things about black teenagers, and said white supremacy doesn’t exist.”

“He wasn’t respectful during some of the traditional ceremonies we attended with indigenous healers/shamans,” yet another wrote.

Gosh.

We found he had used bad judgment by repeating a racist slur in the context of a conversation about racist language.

So, to say that “White folks can’t use the word nigger but black folks can because it’s a reclamation of the slur” is in itself racist because it’s a white folk using the world that a white folk cannot use. In fact, by using the word in that sense and context here I have just been racist.

At which point we really do need to proffer that Anglo Saxon Wave a little more, don’t we?

24 thoughts on “Racism at the New York Times!”

  1. “In fact, by using the word in that sense and context here I have just been racist.”

    Exactly. I am afraid that we are going to have to ban you from the forum for this outrage.

  2. By definition, it’s a hate crime. Compare this to some other types of crime, where we talk about ‘mens rea’, the state of mind of the alleged criminal at the time of the activity.

    The NYT did in fact look into his motivations for saying what he did, and concluded as a result that the offence was at the less serious end of the spectrum. That’s why toys are being thrown out of prams: in our brave new world, every hate crime is the most serious thing you can ever do ever. There’s no scope for excuses, nuance, mistakes or mens rea. They just don’t care.

  3. “He wasn’t respectful during some of the traditional ceremonies we attended with indigenous healers/shamans,”

    How DARE you not respect people who enjoy all the creature comforts of oppressive heteropatriarchal white supremacist technological civilisation LARPing as ululating half-naked Stone Age savages who worship squirrels?

    PS – Hail Science™.

  4. ‘… multiple parents of students…’

    The important question is multiples of how many, clearly not just the usual two?

  5. I’m glad that, for once, the NYT didn’t sack him and am fully prepared to accept its defence. I would love to have been a fly on the wall to see some crusty old hack offend and perplex a collection of spoiled Yank snowflakes.

  6. How about if white people used the word reggin? Sure, sooner or later there would be something wrong with that so white people would have to start using the word nigreg. Just so long as other ethnic groups didn’t try and culturally appropriate our words.

  7. “Indigenous healers/shamans (shamen surely?).

    Like that serial liar who sprang to undeserved fame by banging his drum in the Covington kid’s face?

  8. AAA said
    “in our brave new world, every hate crime is the most serious thing you can ever do ever.” .

    Case for the witness, Ian Wright is disappointed a child isn’t sent to gaol for saying nasty things

  9. “I have just been racist”: as I keep preaching, we are all racists in one or other meaning of that word.

  10. And as usual the left gets hysterical about words whilst studiously ignoring the inter racial crime statistics.

  11. So Much For Subtlety

    Jonathan February 5, 2021 at 3:07 pm – ”Yoshiro Mori, the Tokyo Olympics committee president and a former Japanese prime minister, prompted outrage after he said women talked too much in meetings and should have their speaking time regulated.”

    Seems pretty tough that he should get into trouble for this. But, oddly, this has not been my experience. When I sit on committees I think the women tend to be silent.

    But I do like Japanese politicians who occasionally open their mouths and say something that may not be exactly wrong but is the sort of thing people don’t say in polite company. Like Blacks and Hispanics keeping American IQ scores down

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