The digital journal The Root was accused of racism Wednesday after publishing an article declaring “Whiteness is a Pandemic” in response to Tuesday’s lethal shootings in Georgia.
There was a rush to conclude that the shootings that killed eight folks at three Atlanta-area therapeutic massage parlors had been hate crimes after officers confirmed that six of the eight victims had been Asian-People. Investigators mentioned Wednesday that the suspected gunman, 21-year-old Robert Lengthy, instructed them he was motivated by a “sexual habit”. They added that racism “didn’t seem to be the motive”. Lengthy has since been charged with a number of counts of homicide and assault.
Within the piece, Root senior editor Damon Younger argued that “Whiteness” is a “public well being disaster.”
“It shortens life expectations, it pollutes air, it constricts equilibrium, it devastates forests, it melts ice caps, it sparks (and funds) wars, it flattens dialects, it infests consciousnesses and it kills folks—[W]hite folks and people who find themselves not [W]hite, my mother included,” Younger started. “There will probably be individuals who die, in 2050, as a result of of white supremacy-induced choices from 1850.”
Younger, whose bio describes him as a contributing opinion author for The New York Instances, added that “a line can and needs to be drawn from the actions of the white [sic] supremacist” in Georgia “to the relentless anti-Asian rhetoric pollinating nationwide discourse over the previous 12 months,” insisting former President Donald Trump and the GOP “can and needs to be blamed for this and the sudden enhance of racist violence in opposition to Asian People.”
“The line doesn’t cease there, although. It extends again 400 years and has tentacles clawing in all places white [sic] supremacy exists right here, in America, which is in all places,” Younger wrote earlier than referencing the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue and the 2015 Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church massacres.
“But in addition to gentrification, to red-lining, to racial profiling, to gerrymandering, to voter oppression, to mass incarceration, to the struggle on medicine, to the subprime mortgage disaster, to the huge disparities in each COVID deaths and who receives COVID vaccinations, to how the women and men who stormed the Capitol simply went dwelling and had dinner with their households afterward.”
He continued, “White supremacy is a virus that, like different viruses, won’t die till there aren’t any our bodies left for it to contaminate. Which implies the one solution to cease it is to find it, isolate it, extract it and kill it. I suppose a vaccine may work, too. However we’ve had 400 years to develop one, so I received’t maintain my breath.”
The Root is owned by G/O Media, whose retailers embody Deadspin, Jezebel, Gizmodo and The A.V. Membership. G/O Media didn’t reply to Fox Information’ requests for remark.
The article prompted rapid backlash after it was posted to Twitter.
“This is the definition of racism,” The Federalist writer and Fox Information contributor Ben Domenech reacted.
“Thought frightening racism,” Twitter consumer Peggy equally tweeted.
“If we merely kill all of the white folks, certainly then all of our issues will go away,” Grabien Media founder Tom Elliott joked.
Younger, whose Instances bio additionally lists him as a “contributing opinion author” has not written for the Grey Girl since July 2020. Fox Information reached out to the Instances to inquire about his present standing with the paper.
Equally, Younger’s Twitter profile describes him as a author at GQ. Nonetheless, he has not printed something there since August of final 12 months.