A Message From Orlando Watson
Communications Director for Black Media
Republican National Committee
On Thursday, a senior editor for EBONY, Jamilah Lemieux, attacked black conservatives on Twitter. One of our RNC staffers, Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams, tried to challenge her assumptions and called her out for her bias.
She responded by dismissing him as “a white dude.” (He’s black.) She then went on to refer to her detractors as “a house of roaches.” She said she had “no interest in this conversation.” “I wish I knew less” about black Republicans, she said.
On Friday morning, Chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter to EBONY asking for an apology for dismissing black Republicans and the validity of their opinions in public discourse.
Friday afternoon, EBONY responded with an apology posted on their website. The RNC appreciates and accepts their response, and Raffi has accepted their apology. Despite the actions of one editor, we’re glad to see EBONY embracing a higher standard of journalistic integrity.
As Chairman Priebus said, we hope “we can use this unfortunate episode as a catalyst for greater engagement and understanding between the Republican Party and black America.”
Friday morning, on Fox and Friends, the RNC’s Raffi Williams discussed what he thought of the repeated attacks on black conservatives and lack of journalistic objectivity from a senior editor at EBONY. You can watch HERE.
Additional Media Coverage Included:
POLITICO: EBONY apologizes to RNC
WASHINGTON POST: EBONY mag apologizes to RNC staffer for tweets of editor
NATIONAL REVIEW: EBONY Apologizes to RNC”s Williams
In The News
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