The New York Times has been exposed as having turned their journalistic machine away from the hoax of Trump/Russia collusion and onto the ill-defined, unsupportable subject of Trump’s racism, but there are pitfalls to turning your paper into the bigotry referee. Chief among them: You’d better damn well make sure your own house is clean before you start pointing out the neighbor’s dirty lampshades. At this job, the New York Times has proven woefully unprepared. And thanks to a bombshell new story from Breitbart, we know that yet another one of their editors has been making bigoted remarks on Twitter for several years.
Jazmine Hughes, an associate editor of the New York Times Magazine, has made a series of racist and antisemitic comments on social media over a multi-year span. A number of the tweets came from Hughes’s personal account, which is associated with her Times email, after she was hired by the outlet in April 2015 and continued well into 2017.
Breitbart News has been able to confirm the authenticity of the tweets, which are still visible on Hughes’s page at the time of the publication of this story. While Twitter has not officially verified Hughes’ account, her official New York Times website biography links to the account, confirming it is in fact hers.
Hughes is a high-profile New York Times editor. Forbes highlighted her on its 2018 “30 Under 30” list of influential media figures. The business magazine even conducted a brief interview with her, where she promoted herself as a champion of “diverse storytelling,” in the words of Forbes.
The site highlighted some of her most controversial comments, including this one from March 2015: “If I’m at the deli and I don’t thank the cashier by saying ‘have a nice day. Even though you white’ y’all better call the fuck out.”
Or this one from later that same month: “*a convo in 2100* 1: yo why does Jaz still look so good? 2: she stopped paying attention to dumb white people back in 2015! No stress since.”
Same day! – “Hi, my name is Jazmine Hughes, and my self-care regimen is ignoring white nonsense.”
After the election: “Good morning everyone except for white women, and especially and deliberately except for you.”
Perhaps Hughes has put her intense racial biases behind her?
Well, that would be easier to believe were she not the managing editor in charge of the 1619 Project, a series of articles whose goal is to claim that black people brought true democracy to America, and that nothing was more integral to the founding of the modern U.S. than the institution of slavery. This is racism brought to the academic level. Perhaps more palatable than her tweets, but that just makes it all the more disturbing.
Clean your house, New York Times.