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Ebony Apologizes to RNC’s Williams



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Ebony has apologized to Republican National Committee deputy press secretary Raffi Williams “and the Black Republican community” a day after Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux attacked Williams, along with other black conservatives, on Twitter.

On Thursday, Lemieux spouted off a series of disparaging tweets towards Williams, and incorrectly assumed he was white (Williams is black) because of his political affiliation, after he encouraged a “diversity of thought.” The magazine’s apology comes after RNC chairman Reince Priebus called for one earlier in the day.​

“EBONY strongly believes in the marketplace of ideas,” the magazine said on its website. “As the magazine of record for the African American community, Lemieux’s tweets in question do not represent our journalistic standard, tradition or practice of celebrating diverse Black thought.”

In her tweets, Lemieux called Williams “a White dude telling me how to do this Black thing” and compared conservatives to cockroaches. She offered an initial semi-apology to Williams over Twitter, but ended it with, “I care about NOTHING you have to say.”

“EBONY acknowledges Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux’s lack of judgment on her personal Twitter account and apologizes to Raffi Williams and the Black Republican community,” the magazine concluded.



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