White Women’s Tears May Have Caused A Black Woman To Lose Her Job At A Kansas City News Station
Lisa Benson Cooper, an acclaimed journalist and former reporter for Kansas City’s NBC affiliate KSHB-TV, was fired from her position after she posted a Guardian piece titled, ‘How White Women Use Strategic Tears To Silence Women of Color” on May 9.
The article, written by journalist Ruby Hamad on May 7, summarized the measures that certain white woman use to exert their privilege over women of color.
But according to a report by the Kansas City Star, two of Benson’s white female co-workers were bothered by Cooper’s post and reported her social media post to human services.
On May 11, Benson was suspended from her position and was later fired on June 13. She used a June 19 Facebook post to make it clear that she did not quit, but was let go.
“I was suspended for sharing a meme & a Guardian US article on my personal FB page and subsequently told I “shall not report to work” for the duration of my contract,” Benson wrote.
Benson, 42, is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, has over 20 years of experience in the field. She also managed to pursue her career while raising a two-year-old and a five-year-old with her husband.
Prior to her dismissal, Benson was also in the midst of a discrimination lawsuit against the station after she claimed she was repeatedly assigned to “urban core stories” and was once left alone to interview a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Hamad used her social media platform to further advocate for Cooper’s cause, coupled with the hashtag #Justice4LisaBenson.
According to Hamad’s tweets, Benson and her legal team are working to prove that her dismissal was a result of her filing suit against the station as the lawsuit waits to be heard in federal court.
Hamad also shared that the article got the most shares and page views in the States and urged journalists and feminists in other countries share the piece to spread #Justice4LisaBenson.
KSHB, a station owned by Scripps media says they deny Benson’s allegations.