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Ebony magazine editor attacks black Republican, compares to roaches

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Jamilah Lemieux, a senior editor at Ebony magazine, attacked Republican National Committee deputy press secretary Raffi Williams as “a white dude telling me how to do this Black thing” during a heated Twitter exchange Thursday.

During a conversation about a new digital magazine for black conservatives, headed by conservative commentator Ben Carson and columnist Armstrong Williams, the Ebony editor interjected that she would prefer to know less about the endeavor.

Williams responded by saying he would hope she “would encourage diversity of thought”

To which Lemieux answered, “Oh great, here comes a White dude telling me how to do this Black thing.”

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When Williams, who is also the son of liberal Fox News commentator Juan Williams, pointed out that he is not in fact white but black, Lemieux apologized.

“I was looking at your avi without blowing it up. I apologize for that. However, I care about NOTHING you have to say,” she tweeted.

Still after apologizing Lemieux went on to discuss Williams without “tagging” him in the tweets, at one point writing “I forgot that tweeting something about a Conservative is like leaving a cookie out in a hour full of roaches and turning off the lights.”

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Eventually more conservative tweeters jumped into the fray to point out Lemieux’s mistake. “For the Conservative trolls in my mentions, I thought @Raffiwilliams was White because I didn’t blow up his avi. And I apologized. Go away,” she tweeted.

 

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