The New York Times is taking a lot of heat on social media after publishing an essay written by a black reporter, Greg Howard, who thinks white women are racist because they don’t move out of the way for black men on the sidewalks of New York City.
Howard’s essay, titled “Was That Racist?” says that he becomes furious every time he’s forced to step “off the sidewalk completely” when a white woman is in his way.
“In seven years of living and walking here, I’ve found that most people walk courteously — but that white women, at least when I’m in their path, do not,” Howard observes. “Sometimes they’re buried in their phones. Other times, they’re in pairs and groups, and in conversation. But often, they’re looking ahead, through me, if not quite at me.
“When white women are in my path, they almost always continue straight, forcing me to one side without changing their course. This happens several times a day; and a couple of times a week, white women force me off the sidewalk completely. In these instances, when I’m standing in the street or in the dirt as a white woman strides past, broad-shouldered and blissful, I turn furious,” Howard states before trying to understand why this is happening to him.
“After these encounters, I’m always left with questions. Why only and specifically white women? Do they refuse to acknowledge me because they’ve been taught that they should fear black men, and that any acknowledgment of black men can invite danger? Do they refuse to acknowledge me because to alter their route would be to show their fear? Do they not see me? Can they not see me?”
Twitter users called out the Times for publishing the op-ed, which they found to be a racist commentary from a man who apparently doesn’t know a thing about “manners.”
Greg Howard works for the perfect company. The racist, un-AMERICAN, treasonous NYT.
— yellahammernga (@bfinley118) July 21, 2017
Howard is a reporter for the Sunday edition Metropolitan section and is a former writer for Deadspin.
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