The New York Times has — since its inception, I would imagine — been regarded as the exemplar of responsible, objective journalism.
Of course, this pertains to news, but there must also be a high standard when it comes to the editorial/opinion pages.
How did this racist “guest essay” get published? Or, I should say, what is it doing there?
Let’s forget for a moment the anti-white racism. What about the value of this op-ed as an opinion piece, as a piece of writing?
I am sure the Times gets loads of op-ed submissions, and that it is not easy to get published there. This piece is a very weak, jerry-built screed — built on pernicious premises:
A library is not so much a marker of wealth and whiteness as it is an affirmation of community. …
… I saw a young white couple stopped at the library. Instantly, I was flooded with emotions — astonishment, and then resentment, and then astonishment at my resentment. It all converged into a silent scream in my head of, Get off my lawn!
What I resented was not this specific couple. It was their whiteness. …
It raises “issues” that should not be issues.
It is an insult to the Times‘s readers.
— Roger W. Smith