A USA Today editor is fired for mistakenly tweeting that the Boulder shooter was ‘an angry white man’
USA Today has fired its race and inclusion editor for a tweet falsely blaming Monday’s Boulder death penalty on “ an angry white man. ”
In the immediate aftermath of the Colorado shooting that claimed ten lives, Hemal Jhaveri tweeted, “It’s always an angry white man, always.”
She agreed with a tweet from Deadspin writer Emily Julia DiCaro who posted, ‘People’s lives are extremely tired depending on whether a white man with an AR-15 is having a good day or not.
Jhaveri hastily deleted her tweet when police revealed that the shooter was actually Syrian-born Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa.
Alissa, 21, had surrendered to law enforcement officers at the crime scene after being injured in a gunfire with police in the King Soopers supermarket.
Hemal Jhaveri (left) has been fired after agreeing to a tweet from Deadspin writer Emily Julia DiCaro (right) blaming ‘an angry white man’ for the Boulder shooting
Jhaveri quickly deleted her tweet, but it was too late to save her job
The disaster killed ten people, including a police officer. It was the second mass shooting in less than a week in the United States, after a gunman fatally shot eight people in three Atlanta spas on March 16.
But Jhaveri’s more than 8,000 followers were quick to accuse her of racism, and USA Today’s management quickly scrapped her, she said Friday.
‘I no longer work at USA TODAY, a company that was my workhouse for almost eight years,’ says Jhaveri wrote on Medium
On Monday evening, I tweeted that it most likely will be [W]hite men. It was a quick overgeneralization, tweeted after photos of the shooter being taken into custody surfaced online.
The shooter was actually Syrian-born Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa. Alissa, 21, had surrendered to law enforcement officers at the crime scene after being injured in a gunfire with police.
‘It was a careless mistake [judgment], sent at a heated time, that does not represent my commitment to racial equality. I regret sending it. I apologized and deleted the tweet. ‘
But instead of quietly leaving USA Today, Jhaveri shot a broad at the company, saying colleagues got away with a lot worse.
White USA TODAY reporters have managed to minimize racialized people in print, our white editor-in-chief was thoughtless about black face, and a senior political editor (also white) showed disdain for journalistic ethics by organizing a taxpayer-funded reception for Trump appointees she wrote.
‘They have all kept their jobs. If we go outside of the US TODAY, there is an even longer list of high-profile white journalists who stayed in their position after allegations of sexual assault, n-word use and editorial negligence.
However, sending one false tweet that ended up in the hands of Sean Hannity on Fox News was enough to get this publication running.
Police outside the King Soopers store in Boulder, Colorado
Jhaveri said she wasn’t shocked that her career at USA Today had ended in controversy – saying that “ the rage and fury of alt-right Twitter ” had played a part.
‘I wish I was more surprised by it, but I am not. Part of me has been waiting for it because I can’t do the work I do and write the columns I write without evoking the rage and fury of alt-right Twitter, ” she wrote.
There is always the threat that tweets challenging white supremacy will be armed by actors acting in bad faith. I had always hoped that when that moment inevitably came, USA TODAY would stand by me and set my record of speaking the truth about systemic racism.
“Obviously that didn’t happen.”
Jhaveri’s tweet immediately caused a storm on social media, demanding that she be fired from USA Today
A spokesman for Gannett, USA Today’s parent company, said Fox news that the paper was “founded on diversity, fairness and inclusion” and that “we hold our employees accountable to these principles, both personally and professionally.”
“While we cannot discuss personnel issues and are unwilling to comment on the specifics of her statements on Medium, we strongly believe in and support our principles of diversity and inclusion,” added the spokesperson.
Alissa, who first appeared in court on Thursday, has been charged with 10 counts of first degree murder and one single attempted murder, as a result of gunshots fired at a second police officer. He will face further allegations of attempted murder in the coming weeks.
The suspect, who is being held without bail, has been transferred to another unspecified lockup outside Boulder County “ because of security concerns and threats that our prison staff were aware of, ” Sheriff spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield told Reuters. She did not explain.