I believe that racism has no place in our country. It appears that the New York Times may disagree.
The Times recently named tech journalist Sarah Jeong to their editorial board. The problem? Soon after the announcement, a large number of Jeong's old racist tweets came to light.
The Times has claimed that they knew about Jeong’s social media history, but hired her anyway.
One of these most horrifying statements by Jeong was "Oh man it's kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.” She also used the hashtag #CancelWhitePeople.
Supporters of The New York Times and defenders of Jeong's argue that in this instance someone should not be fired for their old tweets and that what she tweeted can’t be racist because of the demographic she targeted.
To be clear, racism is the prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism against someone of a different race—this includes white people.
Her supporters are simply wrong, their arguments flawed and defenders of Jeong should be ashamed of themselves for condoning racism in any form.
Furthermore, it is disgusting that the New York Times hired, and is sticking by, a racist who will now be part of making final editorial decisions on news.
Here’s the Bottom Line: It is shameful and regrettable that Jeong has had the audacity to publicize her hatred toward a race. Actions speak louder than words. The New York Times should practice what they preach and immediately end their relationship with Sarah Jeong.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.