San Jose Mercury News Dragged For Calling Simone Manuel “The African-American” In Headline

August 12, 2016  |  

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USA team athletes are killing it this Olympic season, and Simone Manuel is proof of that. Last night, the 20-year-old Houston native became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in an Olympic individual swimming event. Her incredible accomplishment broke the Internet.

As everyone rejoiced on all social media platforms known to man, one media outlet had a questionable response to Simone’s achievement.

The San Jose Mercury News reported on Simone’s win with the following title: “Michael Phelps Shares Historic Night With African-American.”

Immediately, Twitter followers began to drag the Mercury News for publishing a story with such a title.

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The publication later apologized via Twitter and changed the headline to “Olympics: Stanford’s Simone Manuel And Michael Phelps Make History”

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Despite their apology, Twitter users continued to call them out for their “mistake” for the rest of the night.

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Ridiculous.

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