Hemal Jhaveri, an editor for USA Today, was fired on Friday, March 26, after publicly calling the Boulder mass shooting suspect in Colorado an “angry white man.”
Jhaveri, “race and inclusion” editor, responded to Deadspin Editor Julie DiCaro’s tweet about Monday’s deadly mass shooting in a Boulder, Colorado, popular supermarket, with the following, “It’s always an angry white man. always,” which she later confessed on Friday was “careless” of her in Medium.
This is the original tweet that drew Jhaveri’s controversial assertion, written not long after a gunman opened fire on three massage parlors in the Atlanta area, which said “Extremely tired of people’s lives depending on whether a white man with an AR-15 is having a good day or not.”
Extremely tired of people's lives depending on whether a white man with an AR-15 is having a good day or not.
— Julie DiCaro wrote a book (@JulieDiCaro) March 23, 2021
It was later confirmed that the tweet was incorrect as police disclosed the perpetrator’s profile, the person’s name is Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa and he is Syrian. Jhaveri quickly apologized and took down her tweet. However, the deleted tweet still cost her the position at USA Today.
Several tweets accusing her of racism flooded the discussion, as did calls for her to be fired from USA Today. With a screenshot of the now-deleted post, Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report commented.
I’m shocked and appalled that the Race and Inclusion editor at a major newspaper, is, in fact, a racist. (And pronouns in bio, of course.) pic.twitter.com/lhP7mKTRj6
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) March 23, 2021
Jhaveri revealed on Friday that the uproar had succeeded and that she would no longer be working with the news network. In an article released on Medium, Jhaveri confirmed she had lost her almost 8-year job at USA Today.
The ex-editor said she regretted her inconsiderate tweet “It was a careless error of judgment,” she wrote, “sent at a heated time, that doesn’t represent my commitment to racial equality. I regret sending it.” However, her apology did not appear that she honestly regretted the tweet.
She also said she was not surprised by her employer’s decision and declared that she could not write without risking the wrath of the “alt-right on Twitter.”
After discussing other points, such as “micro-aggressions” and “outright racist remarks” which could be issued from a workplace that is more white-dominant, Jhaveri alleged that she was fired as a result of her inability to understand the agenda for white readers.
“As a columnist and editor, I’ve had to walk the fine line of advocating for diverse and better stories, while also realizing that the comfort of our white audiences needed to be kept top of mind,” Jhaveri shared. “On social media, that is what I failed at.”
Gannett, the parent company of USA Today, sent a statement to Fox News, emphasizing that the publication was founded on the principles of diversity, fairness, and inclusion. According to the representative, the outlet keeps its staff personally and professionally accountable to these values.