Posted on March 29, 2021

Editor Says She Was Fired over Tweet Blaming White Men for Boulder Shooting

Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, March 27, 2021

USA Today editor said she was fired this week after posting a racially charged tweet about the alleged gunman who opened fire and killed 10 people in a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store.

“It’s always an angry white man,” the news outlet’s race and inclusion editor Hemal Jhaveri posted in a now-deleted tweet following Monday’s grocery store massacre. “Always.”

Jhaveri posted an announcement of the firing on Friday, which included a scathing critique of her former employers, whom she said she believes were punishing her for “challenging whiteness.”

“I can’t do the work I do and write the columns I write without invoking the ire and anger of alt-right Twitter,” Jhaveri wrote. “There is always the threat that tweets which challenge white supremacy will be weaponized by bad faith actors. I had always hoped that when that moment inevitably came, USA TODAY would stand by me and my track record of speaking the truth about systemic racism. That, obviously, did not happen.”


{snip} Ahmad al Aliwi Alissa, 21, a Syrian immigrant, has been identified as the suspect.