After an article published by the New York Times sent shock waves, readers around the world responded with complete outrage. Sunday, the New York Times printed a response to the backlash.
A story published on Saturday by the New York Times featured a profile of a Nazi sympathizer. Sunday, the New York Times, in response to the extreme backlash, issued an apology, then immediately ruined it by defending the article as important to discussions about activists.
Marc Lacy, national editor for the New York Times, wrote:
‘We regret the degree to which the piece offended so many readers. We recognize that people can disagree on how best to tell a disagreeable story. What we think is indisputable, though, is the need to shed more light, not less, on the most extreme orders of American life and the people who inhabit them. That’s what the story, however imperfectly, tried to do.’
The Nazi that the Times profiled is Tony Hovater, who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Va. The Unite the Right rally featured white supremacists marching with tiki torches and chanting “Jews will not replace us.”
Our profile of a Nazi sympathizer in Ohio elicited significant criticism from readers. Our national editor weighs in. https://t.co/cDYXFYN1RY
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 26, 2017
The reactions to the to the Times attempt to backpedal and apologize revealed that most people are not satisfied with the apology. You can read the best reaction in the tweets below:
On August 14, an organized white supremacist rally clashed with counter protesters resulting in violence and the death of a 32 year old woman. White nationalists, white supremacist, and members of the KKK showed up to protest the removal of a confederate statue and marched the night before with tiki torches.
Below is video of racists who participated in the rally, put out by VICE News:
Pictures from the two day event can be seen below:
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We should never forget what aguish a humanized nazi presence in the United States caused, the wounds of which are still felt today. The New York Times apology is a poor excuse for the article that was written. Below are photos spanning 70 years of members of the Ku Klux Klan burning crosses and perpetuating racism.
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