jamilah lemieux

Jamilah Lemieux

*Ebony magazine has issued an apology to African American RNC staffer Raffi Williams after its editor Jamilah Lemieux referred to him on Twitter as a “White dude telling me how to do this Black thing.”

According to Mediaite.com, when Lemieux was confronted about getting Williams’ race wrong, she offered a bare-bones apology while adding, “However, I care about NOTHING you have to say.”

Raffi Williams

Raffi Williams

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released a statement denouncing Lemieux’s “attack” and called on Ebony to apologize. And now they have done just that, acknowledging that Lemieux’s comments were not part of the magazine’s long tradition of believing “as Black people, we are all somebody—we all count”:

Ebony strongly believes in the marketplace of ideas. As the magazine of record for the African American community, Lemieux’s tweets in question do not represent our journalistic standard, tradition or practice of celebrating diverse Black thought…
Ebony acknowledges Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux’s lack of judgment on her personal Twitter account and apologizes to Raffi Williams and the Black Republican community.

Read the full piece here.