However, the media did not comparatively spend much coverage on the DNC tweeting that Mount Rushmore glorifies "white supremacy." That message appeared on the official Twitter account of the Democratic National Committee when it shared shared a link to an article containing criticism of the visit as "glorifying white supremacy at Mount Rushmore- a region once sacred to tribal communities." George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln are shown at the site.
"The lies & tears of White women hath wrought: -The 1921 Tulsa Massacre - Murder of Emmet Till - Exclusion of Black women from feminist movements - 53% of white women voting for Trump. White women are lucky that we are just calling them ‘Karen's.' And not calling for revenge."
For those of us still reeling over the recent apology of the New York Times (and removal of its editor) for publishing a column from a conservative U.S. Senator, the lack of media coverage of a major editor's posting is notable. My point is not that I want to see Attiah forced out. I do not. Indeed, like many, I praised her efforts to highlight the murder of the writer Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi government. Moreover, Attiah is hardly the first person to have poster's remorse of a tweet. We have all had such moments.
The coin of the realm for journalism has always been not just neutrality but consistency. The similar concern arises over the lack of coverage of the DNC controversy over the "White Supremacy" tweet as opposed to the Trump tweet over the "White Power" tweet. I think both tweets were outrageous. Yet, there remains a decidedly different response from the media. Both the DNC and Trump are actively engaged in a presidential election season where issues of races are being discussed extensively and passionately.
The fact is that I view all of these tweets are likely the result of incautious, negligent, or thoughtless moments. I tend not to ascribe evil or racist or hateful motivations when simple stupidity or spontaneity could be the reason for a controversy. A tweet is a dangerous invitation for heedlessly moments as this week has already shown.