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Let's talk about white supremacy in journalism – and maybe why we still haven't had much of a #JournalismSoWhite moment, especially in Europe #Thread
10 days ago I sat at a conference when someone made a grossly injurious statement against POC. I was told he made at least another gross statement on the same topic. After it was made public, a friend of his helpfully claimed he made the second statement, which wasn't videotaped.
(I had to delete one tweet after the first of these two men repeatedly threatened to sue me for libel. Sorry for that.)
What's interesting is what came next. All efforts went into shifting the story, none into addressing the issue. The person I mentioned deployed several tropes insecure white men use when they feel they appear racist (he deleted some of his tweets later).
Others came forward with more excuses, such as "I know he's not a racist", "he didn't mean it", "you didn't understand him because you're not smart enough", "you're the one being insulting" etc...
I chose to share these statements on Twitter because the conversation on racially-charged paternalism in journalism, so visible at international events, must start.
As a privileged white person, I didn't risk much. Seeing the barrage I faced, I better understand why so few people talk – especially among those most affected.
As far as I know, the conference organizers ignored all of this.

There is a whiteness problem in journalism, this much is clear. Not talking about it will not make it go away. #End
I've been on Twitter 11 years and never had trolls. Now my "mute list" reads like a manel at a big-name journalism conference.
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