On Wednesday, The New York Times ran an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), calling for military force to be deployed against George Floyd protesters.
But a great many staffers of the paper itself did not agree with the decision — and a great many took to Twitter in protest, saying in unison that the publication of the editorial put the paper's own Black staffers in danger.
Running this puts all black people, including NYT staffers, in danger https://t.co/uWjdYmFHcw— Aisha Harris (@Aisha Harris)1591227997.0
Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger. https://t.co/04sqq3hiPT— Lil Uzi Hurt 🥺 (@Lil Uzi Hurt 🥺)1591227033.0
Running this puts Black NYT staff in danger https://t.co/JMftPME92k— 32 across (@32 across)1591227913.0
Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger. https://t.co/bNnczsbte1— Taffy Brodesser-Akner (@Taffy Brodesser-Akner)1591227837.0
Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger. https://t.co/LwLLxRa4fv— Jacey Fortin (@Jacey Fortin)1591227061.0
Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger. https://t.co/pbNhMQtOS2— Taylor Lorenz (@Taylor Lorenz)1591227683.0
Running this put Black @nytimes staffers in danger. In solidarity with my colleagues who agree. https://t.co/UfkZkE1xvj— Jenna Wortham (@Jenna Wortham)1591227027.0
Running this puts Black @nytimes staff in danger *and* it’s FUCKING DUMB AS SHIT. I stand with my colleagues https://t.co/VWLzk9uyaI— Kyle Buchanan (@Kyle Buchanan)1591228660.0
As the outcry from both readers and staffers grew louder, editorial page editor James Bennet took to Twitter and tried to explain why the paper had chosen to publish the piece.
We understand that many readers find Senator Cotton's argument painful, even dangerous. We believe that is one reas… https://t.co/E8Pbe7zLyJ— James Bennet (@James Bennet)1591228001.0
Never thought I’d see the day when journalists in (arguably) the most prestigious newspaper in the country are acti… https://t.co/wCCG9wlgmb— Emily (Larsen) Brooks (@Emily (Larsen) Brooks)1591230054.0