RNC chief gets Ebony magazine to apologize over racist insult; libs rage

A leading black magazine was compelled to issue an apology after a senior editor insulted the Republican National Committee’s deputy press secretary with racist remarks.

The editor, Jamilah Lemieux, had taken to Twitter to mock an announced joint venture between black conservative celebrity Dr. Ben Carson and the Washington Times.

RNC staffer Raffi Williams – the son of Fox analyst Juan Williams – tweeted back that he “hoped she would encourage diversity of thought.”

“Oh great,” Lemieux shot back in a loaded tweet, “here comes a White dude telling me how to do this Black thing. Pass.”

Learning that Williams was not white only fueled Lemieux’s fire, prompting her to say, “I care about NOTHING you have to say.”

Then she accentuated the narrow-minded tirade by adding, “I forgot that tweeting something about a Conservative is like leaving a cookie out in a house full of roaches and turning off the lights.”

Outraged, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus fired off a letter to Ebony, pointing out that Lemieux’s bigoted rant was counterproductive to the goals the magazine espouses, and requested an apology.

The letter read in part:

Attacking someone for his or her race, heritage or political views is the very thing Ebony has worked to discourage, and actions like those of Ms. Lemieux are far below the basic standards of journalism. She did not even attempt to show journalistic objectivity. And I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it’s unacceptable to refer to those who disagree with you as “roaches.”

Raffi deserves an apology from Ms. Lemieux and from Ebony – not just for making assumptions about his race but more importantly for dismissing black Republicans and the validity of their opinions in public discourse.

In their Twitter exchange, Ms. Lemieux said she had “no interest” in a conversation about encouraging diversity of thought. I’m hopeful, however, that she does not speak for the entire magazine and that we can use this unfortunate episode as a catalyst for greater engagement and understanding between the Republican Party and the black community.

Ebony agreed, acknowledging Lemieux’s “lack of judgment” and apologizing “to Raffi Williams and the Black Republican community.”

Haters were not happy:

 

 

You can see tweets fly from both sides of the controversy on Twitchy here and here.

Watch Fox and Friends Friday interview with Raffi Williams here:

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Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]

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