A Washington Post columnist who once led the paper’s international opinions section lent support this week to those kidnapping, raping, and killing Israeli citizens.
Karen Attiah, a prominent journalist, echoed a social media post by a fringe Somali that said, “what did y’all think decolonization meant? vibes? papers? essays? losers.”
The X post suggests that those on the Left who bandy about terms like “decolonization” but don’t support the terrorism of Hamas are hypocrites, and that that is exactly what the leftist academics are pushing for with that language.
She reposted someone else elaborating on that same thought: “All my American education taught was that all we have to do to fight brutal, racist oppression is schedule a single die-in or refuse to give up a single seat on a bus and justice automatically prevails through non-violence.”
Attiah justified terrorism — non-state actors inflicting violence for political gain — writing, “We are forced to see state violence as justified + moral, while violence by non-state actors isn’t. This is changing.”
She reposted someone else saying, “I suspect that what we have instead are mostly people who believe that violence is only the legitimate province of some people, and what is morally required of everyone else is submission.”
Attiah boasted that she is the real deal, not someone who uses the terms as vague platitudes. “I studied race construction, human rights and global anti-colonial resistance in college and grad school,” she wrote. “Honey, we did the scholarship way before it was ‘cool.'”
She reposted on X: “Liberation, self-determination, and peace for all oppressed + colonized people. That’s my politics.”
She celebrated that what once got media personalities banned from TV is becoming OK to say.
She retweeted: “While it may not seem like it, public opinion has shifted on the Palestinian plight. For example, comments that once got Marc Lamont Hill fired are now openly debated as Israel implements apartheid state. It has been astonishing to watch the movement gain ground.”
She reposted someone saying that others in the media side with “oppressors” and “murderers,” seemingly referring to Jews.
“I also see the ways our industry embraces the elevation of oppressors, murderers, thieves and political manipulators, and expects the oppressed to share the same space,” the post said.
She also accused Israeli forces of bombing “Associated Press buildings,” referring to how the AP shared office space with terrorists, part of a strategy by the terrorists to enmesh themselves with civilians to make it more difficult to destroy their properties.
She acknowledged that Israeli forces warn civilians before bombing so they could leave, but said, “Still though. Leave to where ??”
Attiah is the daughter of a doctor from Ghana, but likely benefited from affirmative action at the Post intended to benefit poor African Americans.
There are a lot of people going off of vibes and feel-good platitudes about decolonization and resistance, not actual historical knowledge and research about the global south. https://t.co/KkdqbW85UY
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) October 8, 2023
Her primary achievement as Global Opinions Editor was being duped into allowing The Washington Post to be manipulated by Arab special interests: she was the editor for Jamal Khashoggi, a political activist and acquaintance of Osama bin Laden who the Post presented as a journalist.
In reality, Khashoggi was a cutout for the Qatar Foundation International, whose executive “at times shaped the columns he submitted to The Washington Post, proposing topics, drafting material and prodding him to take a harder line against the Saudi government. Khashoggi also appears to have relied on a researcher and translator affiliated with the organization,” the Post’s news side reported.
“Editors at The Post’s opinion section, which is separate from the newsroom, said they were unaware of these arrangements, or his effort to secure Saudi funding for a think tank,” the Post said.