The New York Times Is Racist. Why Is Everyone So Silent?

The New York Times Is Racist. Why Is Everyone So Silent?

Openly racist, the New York Times gets away with it for unknown reasons, but the poison of racism in their local reporting stands out. The puzzling thing, though, is why otherwise responsible columnists remain silent.

by David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

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Most surprising is how open the racism is but more so is the failure of columnists like Charles Blow and Brett Stephens to call them out.

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Is it so subtle or are we just used to it? Racism is, of course, bolted into the American cultural landscape, but the Times makes a show of being exceptional.

The openly racist newspaper has done similar things in the past, but a recent article about conflicts between New York City’s new police chief and the Manhattan DA was the creepiest.

Notice how this paragraph emphasizes people of color as “other,” not like us:

“Mr. Bragg is the first Black person to lead the district attorney’s office, Mr. Adams is the second Black mayor in the city’s history, and Commissioner Sewell is the first woman and third Black person to lead the Police Department.

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Some readers may be so accustomed to this not-so-subtle discrimination that they don’t notice it anymore. But when did you ever see cultural identity signaled out this way?

When, for example, did the times mention the first Jewish or Irish district attorney? Was Bill de Blasio the umpteenth Italian mayor?

These distinctions add nothing to the context of the story. They are meaningless otherwise; the only explanation is the Times’s racism and discrimination by implication.

These people are different, they tell us, that is, “other.”

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