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White privilege?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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So I see this headline on the main page at nbcnews.com: “I was fired because of my race”

When I click through to the article, I see the actual headline is “Wendy Bell Sues TV Station, Says Firing Was Because Of Her ‘Race'” (square quotes included).

It so happens this woman is white, and was fired after writing some pretty racist, paternalistic, and condescending bullshit about an entire community, in the wake of a shooting that left five people injured; to whit:

You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts,” Bell wrote March 21. “They are young black men, likely in their teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know the police. They’ve been arrested.

The company’s justification for the firing was that this woman didn’t meet the company’s journalism and ethics’ standards.

Her take? They fired her “because she’s white,” and because she “dared” talk about “African-Americans killing other African-Americans.”

No, darling, they fired you because you are racist asshole, and being white doesn’t guarantee that you’ll keep your job when you breach your contract.¹

Also, your First Amendment free speech protections do not mean that a private company has to give you a platform for your racism.

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¹ (Assuming, of course, that the company required its employees to sign a conduct policy, like most companies do. Particularly communications and media companies, for which public relations with the community are essential to do business.)

 

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