New York Times Under Fire For Claiming That Elon Musk Is Indifferent To Racism Because He Grew Up In Apartheid South Africa.. New York Times has come under fire for publishing a “hit piece”, claiming that because of his “white privilege” growing up in Apartheid South Africa, Elon Musk is indifferent to racism.
The American publication added that this could have a bearing on his content moderation policies once he takes control of Twitter. Elon Musk promised to allow more expression on the social media platform once his takeover is complete later this year,
New York Times posited that Musk was a child when South Africa was “rife with misinformation and white privilege”. He benefited from an “upbringing in elite, segregated white communities” in Johannesburg, “where black people were rarely seen other than in service of white families living in palatial homes,” writes the paper.
New York Times opines that Musk’s background may cloud his sensitivity to racist hate speech that could flourish on Twitter should he take over and effect changes. The story, however, acknowledges that Musk was “bullied” in school when he “reprimanded” a white student for using an anti-black slur.
Twitter users questioned if it was Musk’s fault that he was born during an era of segregation in South Africa.
In this article NYT itself reports @elonmusk:
1. Had non-white friends growing up in apartheid SA
2. His own father was an ANTI-APARTHEID politician
3. He literally left so he didn't have to serve in apartheid military
They still insinuate he is a racist https://t.co/Oc6IANX4wv
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) May 5, 2022
I asked to cancel my @nytimes subscription a couple of years ago and they actually countered with … “you can pay 40% less if you keep your subscription” – so I kept it but really reconsidering now. It’s not so much news anymore vs slanted pandering.
— J (@PlusUltraMagnus) May 5, 2022
Just for the record: Elon's father was elected to the Pretoria City Council as a representative of the anti-apartheid Progressive Party. https://t.co/8DeYi3XaT9
— Mick L'Auche 🇭🇺🇬🇧🇳🇮 (@MickLAuche) May 6, 2022
The New York Times is blaming a baby for not opposing apartheid in South Africa, where holding such a position publicly sent people to jail. Meanwhile sitting in another continent, the New York Times was busy denying the holocaust. Look it up if you don't believe me. https://t.co/D8yt4gPtrY
— Ajit Datta (@ajitdatta) May 6, 2022