Update: This afternoon, Ebony.com posted an apology to both GOP staffer Raffi Williams and black Republicans for comments made by senior editor Jamilah Lemieux on Twitter.
In the post titled “Diversity of Thought,” (authored simply by #TeamEbony), the site conjured the mission of founder John Johnson: “to affirm a certain sense of ‘somebodiness’ for African Americans.”
“Yesterday, the spirit of this mission was disregarded by EBONY.com Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux in a personal Twitter exchange between herself and RNC Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams,” the article says, adding that Lemieux “curtly dismissed” Williams and his suggestion that she be open-minded.
“EBONY acknowledges Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux’s lack of judgment on her personal Twitter account and apologizes to Raffi Williams and the Black Republican community,” the article ends.
Lemieux has gotten widespread support online and continues to do so, from what we see on our Twitter timeline.
Williams tweeted a “thank you” on his timeline with a link to the post. GOP chairman Reince Priebus also posted a response, adding to his thanks:
I hope we can use this unfortunate episode as a catalyst for greater engagement and understanding. We’re grateful that the publication was willing to hold their own editor accountable and to reiterate their commitment to thoughtful political discourse.
So I want extend my thanks to all the conservatives—and non-conservatives—who spoke out in a civil manner to expose this biased behavior. We must continue to shine a light on such unacceptable bias whenever and wherever we find it.
Do you think Ebony should’ve apologized?
Update by Tonya Garcia
Original article posted earlier today.
So do you remember Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon? The black conservative that compared Obamacare to slavery? Yeah, well he’s behind The Washington Times’ new magazine, The American CurrentSee that’s set to launch on March 30, Fishbowl DC reports. An Ebony editor, however, finds the whole thing laughable.
“Yes, Ben Carson is launching a Black conservative magazine… I have drinking games in mind already,” tweeted Jamilah Lemieux, the senior digital editor for Ebony. As you might’ve guessed, Lemieux started a Twitter war as she adds, “I 100 percent do not want to know more [about the magazine]. I wish I knew less!”
“Wish you knew less? Hoped you would encourage diversity of thought,” responded Raffi Williams, a deputy press secretary for the GOP. “Oh great, here comes a white dude telling me how to do this Black thing. Pass,” the editor retorted.
Perhaps the tweet that really set it off was this one here:
If you, unlike Ms. Lemieux, want to know more details about The AmericanCurrentSee, the magazine will include notable names in the Black conservative realm including Fox News’ Juan Williams (Raffi is related to him) and political commentator Armstrong Williams. Readers can access this digital ‘zine on their laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets — a new edition will be published every Sunday.
Carson decided to launch The American Currentsee because he felt that it was about time that the mainstream media stopped putting the African-American community into a small box when it comes to politics — blacks are far from monolithic, he wrote in an email.
The neurosurgeon continued to say that current news sources lack in the promotion of “self-reliance.”
“The ruling elite has convinced too many young adults that it’s OK to stay at home and live in your parents’ basements playing video games or aimlessly roaming the streets with friends. After all, you can get a monthly check, a free cell phone and health insurance from Uncle Sam for doing nothing,” said Carson, eager to change the mindset of the younger generation.
As for Lemieux, I don’t think she’ll be reading The American CurrentSee anytime soon. ” I don’t take him, his horrible ideas on race and politics, or anything else other than this medical work, seriously,” she tweeted about Carson.
Once the war of tweets began between the two, others jumped in, many attacking Lemieux for her words. A hashtag, #StandWithJamilah, started with people jumping to her defense.
But Raffi Williams has his defenders also. GOP chairman Reince Priebus wrote a letter to Ebony EIC Amy D. Barnett saying: “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.”
Below is the Fox News segment (because you knew they had to get in on the action) about the incident. Your thoughts? Will you be reading The American CurrentSee?