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Ebony Digital Editor Mistakes Raffi Williams for ‘White Dude’, Conservatives Lash Out

Ebony Magazine editor's racist tweet sparks outrage Jamilah Lemieux, the digital editor for Ebony Magazine, sparked outrage among right- wingers when an argument on Twitter led her to call Raffi Williams, the deputy press secretary for the Republican National Committee, a “white dude.”

Williams is actually Black.

It all started when Lemieux sent out a cheeky tweet saying she wish she knew less about Dr. Ben Carson and Armstrong Williams’ new magazine project targeting Black conservatives.

Williams then responded to the tweet saying, “Wish you knew less? hoped [sic] you would encourage diversity of thought.”

Lemieux’s next tweet is what sparked conservative outrage.

“Oh great, here comes a White dude telling me how to do this Black thing. Pass,” she responded.

Other conservatives quickly came to Williams’ defense, calling Lemieux’s tweet “sickening.”

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus even wrote a letter to Ebony requesting an apology from Lemieux for “making assumptions about his race but more important dismissing black Republicans and the validity of their opinions in public discourse.”

Lemieux explained that the tweet was a result of misidentification, rather than attempting to label a Black man as white for simply being a conservative.

She later apologized for the mix-up, but reminded her critics that she wasn’t concerned about their opinions.

“I was looking at your avi without blowing it up,” she explained. “I apologize for that. However, I care about NOTHING you have to say.”

Ebony editor criticized for racist tweet Despite Lemieux’s clear stance on the subject, Ebony issued an apology and condemned the digital editor for the tweet.

“Nearly 70 years ago the magazine began on the principle that, as Black people, we are all somebody – we all count,” the statement on Ebony’s website read. “Yesterday the spirit of this mission was disregarded by Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux in a personal Twitter exchange between herself and RNC Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams.”

The statement went on to “acknowledge Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux’s lack of judgment on her personal Twitter account” and apologized to Williams along with the rest of the “Black Republican community.”

On Saturday Williams along with his father, liberal political analyst Juan Williams, appeared on Fox and Friends where they tackled what they considered to be the mistreatment of Black conservatives.

“There is, among liberals, this idea that if you are a Black person and you don’t fit into the liberal orthodoxy, liberal way of thinking as they have predetermined, then – it’s free to call you a roach…or, you know, an Uncle Tom, a traitor,” Juan Williams told the show’s host Tucker Carlson.

Meanwhile, the debate continues on social media with some Twitter users defending Lemieux while others claimed they were “disappointed” with the way the editor “handled a very sensitive situation.”

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12 thoughts on “Ebony Digital Editor Mistakes Raffi Williams for ‘White Dude’, Conservatives Lash Out

  1. The Black community needs far less Jamilah Lemiuxs and more Kwasi Enins of Shirley NY. Here's a young man doing his "Black Thing" the way it should be done. I'm not quite sure I understand what Jamilah's "Black Thing" is all about but she could certainly learn a thing or two from him. These are the role models Black leaders have promote instead of all that other garbage. Yes Jamilah, I'm a white dude and conservative who like a lot of conservatives really care about Blacks succeeding. Just give us a chance.

  2. Peter Swinson says:

    Ebony has a one drop rule

  3. Farntella Graham says:

    wrong, the definition has changed.

  4. LOL a conservative that really cares about Blacks succeeding to funny i see we us the Blacks got the capital B for this 1 lol Mr conservative im interested in hearing 1 bill proposed by YOUR party that would or could help Black people LOL

  5. Peter Swinson says:

    Farntella Graham – oh, what does it mean today?

  6. Here comes a white guy trying to tell us how to do this black thing, please stfu.

  7. Learn to spell and use grammar correctly before you post. Just because you're ignorant doesn't mean you have to flaunt it. That's the first step, get educated. Without an education a person today doesn't stand a chance on bettering themselves. Get started now!

  8. David Tordosinsky my guess is i spelled everything so wrong u couldnt answer my 1 question u figured out it was a trick question lol now i need to better myself cause u cant answer a question U are just as WORTHLESS as your PARTY they say that the President is uneducated also but we know that is just a talking point U fit in really well Devil

  9. Obediah I sincerely wish you the best of luck.

  10. Tyree Khalfani I'm not trying to tell you to anything. I'm pointing out an outstanding young black man in Kwasi Enins who should be held up as a role model for all Blacks and Whites.

  11. Theodora Anagor says:

    He doesn't look black, it was a case of misidentification nothing else. Mr Williams needs to grow a pair.

  12. Some of your bloggers seem to be racists of the worst kind. Hope Ebony doesn't perpetuate the racism. May God bless us and keep us safe.

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