Fire Sarah Jeong from the Editorial Board of The New York Times

Fire Sarah Jeong from the Editorial Board of The New York Times

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Sarah Jeong, senior writer for The Verge, has recently been appointed to the editorial board of The New York Times, arguably the most prominent newspaper in the United States. Ms. Jeong, who was born in South Korea, has a robust, long-standing history of publishing extremely racist and grotesque tweets against white (Caucasian) people. The New York Times is well aware of these tweets and has chosen to keep Ms. Jeong on their editorial board. While the sheer number and context of these tweets would suggest otherwise, both Ms. Jeong and The New York Times have justified this racist behavior as "counter-trolling" against those who've expressed anti-Asian sentiment towards Ms. Jeong. It remains unclear whether or not Ms. Jeong still retains racial prejudices and hatred towards whites.

Regardless of Ms. Jeong's intentions behind her innumerable, violent, anti-White tweets, her rhetoric is nothing less than unacceptable, especially for someone editing content for a publication as prestigious as The New York Times. Anyone who wrote the same tweets as Ms. Jeong but replaced "white" with any other racial adjective would be immediately fired and ostracized without denouncing or apologizing for their statements beforehand. Yet, because Ms. Jeong's tweets were directed at white people - the long-standing racial majority in the United States through modern history - The New York Times and other mainstream media outlets have shrugged off these social media postings and the public's reaction thereof as fake controversy and unbridled outrage.

By defending Ms. Jeong's tweets and choosing to keep her on their editorial board, The New York Times has set a dangerous precedent that can be applied to any and all races. As a member of a newspaper editorial board, it is Ms. Jeong's ethical obligation to review and edit content as objectively as possible. The New York Times chose to hire Ms. Jeong despite her previous, publicly expressed, racism and continued ambiguity in her current sentiment towards white people. Thus, they are implicitly condoning their editors to let their racial prejudices influence their published content.

Therefore, in order to maintain truth, objectivity, racial impartiality, and journalistic integrity not only in The New York Times, but American media and democracy as a whole, we, the undersigned, demand that The New York Times immediately terminate Sarah Jeong from her position on their editorial board.

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