Another day, another clueless white conservative showing his entire racist a$% on the Internet and Black Twitter having to hand it right back to him.
Today’s contestant is NRA TV, Fox News and “The Federalist” contributor Jesse Kelly who thought it was a good idea to weigh to share his take on why there’s lack of Black journalists at mainstream publications and television networks.
See, it all started over the weekend, when Ben Mitchell, a CBS News producer, tweeted out the network’s new roster of journalists that will be covering the 2020 elections.
“It’s official, the CBS News 2020 Election Team as assembled!”
Obviously by looking at these headshots, it’s clear that not one Black journalist was chosen, prompting Black Twitter to drag the news outlet for its dear unseasoned life.
But glorified blogger Jesse Kelly took it upon himself to defend the network, that would never hire him, to explain the reason why no Black journalists were hired: Apparently, we don’t exist and as a culture, we are just not interested in news.
“People are dragging CBS for not having enough black people, but has anyone considered the obvious explanation that many black people have no interest in journalism? Cultures are different and value different things. Doesn’t make CBS the KKK,” he wrote.
Yeah, a man who has appeared on Fox News and NRA TV really did accuse Black people and our culture of basically being trash.
Sadly, he wasn’t done.
Thankfully, folks completely ruined his mentions and let him know that there are plenty of African-American writers in the field, there is something called the National Association of Black Journalists and why this take was nothing but white supremacist trash.
White Writer Claims Black Folks ‘Don’t Value’ Journalism, Black Twitter Demolishes His Mentions was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
As a black co-founder of a media company, I’ll tell you right now, we’re very much interested in journalism— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) January 14, 2019
Your generalization of black culture as being disinterested in it is overtly racist
In fact, we need it most to expose injustices to our communityhttps://t.co/o2JmWU4qyu
[clayton bigsby voice]— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) January 14, 2019
we’re so obsessed with RACISM we can’t even have frank discussions of why the negro doesn’t like journalism https://t.co/fu2Yj1RwZK
Great— Joelle Monique ✍🏾 (@JoelleMonique) January 14, 2019
Odd but fascinating
Hot steaming garbage
Satan's ass hole
Jesse Kelly https://t.co/gdn0w7psfT
it's uniquely absurd to assume that black people – or latinx people, or any other racial/ethnic minority – don't have an interest in journalism. instead, consider the lack of opportunities available to marginalised people. and finally: jesse kelly is a dickhead— rachel grace almeida (@_rachelgrace) January 14, 2019
Ahhhh so you think Black people don't value news or current events. Nice dog whistle to your Fox audience that will actually believe that when they're not high on Oxy and heroin....cause they have a culture of addiction....right?— The Cocky One (@CockyMF) January 14, 2019
Calling it, before noon. pic.twitter.com/2bzvwM9b2D— Don Lemon's baby Afro (@GhostofGarvey) January 14, 2019
Are you serious? National Association of Black Journalists exists and has access to thousands of black journalists who are qualified. The nerve of you to think it must be lack of interest on our part.— Ashley K. (@AshleyKSmalls) January 14, 2019
Terrible take and an extremely ignorant response. There are many equally qualified African-American journalists who would have benefited from the opportunity if it was offered. What’s obvious is that you can only speak for yourself and you should probably do that quietly.— CorwinMelvin (@CorwinMelvin) January 14, 2019
“There’s just no black journalists available...” - Jesse Kelly— Som (@SomNaderi) January 14, 2019
“There’s just no women directors available...” - Jason Blum
“There’s just no black coaches available...” - Ryan Clark
(Clark’s comment said it was “historic, not blatant racism”, but still.)
We’re getting Jesse Kelly off radio in Houston. That’s definitely a given. Not only did he give an ignorant observation about black people and journalism, but he’s calling people “race grifters” for calling him out on his bullshit when the idiot brought it up.— 🐻+🍯=❤️ (@WinkWestwood) January 14, 2019
in this epic thread, serial mouth breather jesse kelly— sweezy le flop (@swarbleflop) January 14, 2019
a) states that culturally black people must just not be interested in journalism (citing no sources)
b) uses “racism” in quotes while making blatantly racist comments
c) follows that up by implying black culture is garbage https://t.co/5TEQhN9Tkl
It’s 2019 and there is no excuse for this foolishness when Google exists. There are tons of qualified black journalists just waiting for their chance. There are schools of journalism at HBCUs. There are several working black journalists right now. CBS can and should do better.— Yes. It has two “k’s”.💛🐝 (@erikka2ks08) January 14, 2019
How do you explain the presence of black newspapers from the 1700s on? The black press' coverage of ethnic cleansing and the threat of nazism in the 1930s, ahead of the ms white press? Oh, I forgot, if a white person hasn't heard about it, it doesn't exist, right?— Kaitlyn Greenidge (@surlybassey) January 14, 2019
No one is disputing cultures and our differences. We been telling you it differs, but you know, you guys love to spew..."We're all the same". No. Black ppl are asking CBS where Black journalists on their team when thousands of Black journalists w/degrees, looking for work. pic.twitter.com/FsHUTA6zjo— Gigi (@ViaGigi) January 14, 2019