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I have gotten a lot of really shitty (often racist) feedback on the #1619Project and almost nothing surprises me, but I have to say this made me sit down. Someone sent this to *my house* to complain that I haven’t done enough to make sure he got a FREE copy of the project.
So, let’s just be clear here: The Sunday NYT costs $6. We do not give it away for free. I am a reporter but I *personally* fundraised in order to print free copies to ensure we could get the #1619project into the hands of people who aren’t Times subscribers or who can’t afford.
These free copies have gone to low-income schools, to places that serve low-income black communities such as the Schomburg, and in Benton Harbor and OKC. We’re giving out free copies in Detroit. Hot 97 gave out free copies. And we gave out free copies outside the Times.
Typical Times Sunday print circulation is about 1 million and we — a for-profit company— printed 200k to give out for free. I am grateful people really want this. This is the most important work of my life. But let’s be clear, we do not owe anyone a free copy.
And to send this letter not to me at The Times, but to my home address, feels like a violation and I do not appreciate it at all. To send it to my house and not even sign your name to it is trash. I hope you get your copy. But I really need you to do some serious self reflection.
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