So, can nonwhite Americans be racist?
This question reared its ugly head this week after revelations about The New York Times’ latest editorial board hire, Sarah Jeong.
Jeong, a technology writer for The Verge, has long decried white people as a group. Her Twitter is filled with unflattering characterizations and racist remarks: “white men are bulls***”; “#cancelwhitepeople”; “White people have stopped breeding. you’ll all go extinct soon. that was my plan all along.”; “oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.”
Jeong, predictably enough, wasn’t fired by the Times — nor should she have been. The Times knew what they were getting when they hired her, and they should feel the brunt of the backlash from their readers and subscribers. But the double standard is evident: a few months before Jeong’s hiring, the Times hired another tech columnist named Quinn Norton, who, it turns out, had sarcastically tweeted out the n-word in order to mock racists; the Times tossed her. Why? Presumably because Norton is white, and because she was once friendly online with Andrew Auernheimer, who would go on to work at the Nazi Daily Stormer website.