As Twitchy reported earlier Thursday, we’re to the point where a New York Times features writer had to apologize for a tweet in which she suggested new hire Sarah “#CancelWhitePeople” Jeong had yet to prove she deserved the warm welcome that columnist Bret Stephens had offered her.

For those who still haven’t been convinced that Jeong’s many tweets about hating “dumbass f**king white people” weren’t racist, here’s Vox’s Ezra Klein with an explainer:

You see, on Twitter, “white people” doesn’t necessarily mean white people. We’ll let Klein explain:

A few years ago, it became popular on feminist Twitter to tweet about the awful effects of patriarchal culture and attach the line #KillAllMen. This became popular enough that a bunch of people I know and hang out with and even love began using it in casual conversation.

And you know what? I didn’t like it. It made me feel defensive. It still makes me feel defensive. I’m a man, and I recoil hearing people I care about say all men should be killed.

But I also knew that wasn’t what they were saying. They didn’t want me put to death. They didn’t want any men put to death. They didn’t hate me, and they didn’t hate men. “#KillAllMen” was another way of saying “it would be nice if the world sucked less for women.”

The same dynamic seems to me to be at play in the way “white people” is used in Jeong’s jokes. On social justice Twitter, the term means something closer to “the dominant power structure and culture” than it does to actual white people.

If Klein wants to argue that Jeong’s “jokes” aren’t racist because Asian-American women don’t compose “the dominant power structure” of America, he needs to get in line, because that bit has been played out all week. You can’t be racist if you’re not in power, duh.

The real culprit, Klein believes, is Twitter itself. Twitter is weird, he says, and it strips comments of context — which is why you might not want to tweet something that, devoid of context, sounds alarmingly racist. You’d think a professional writer would know that.

So … Voxsplained. Any questions?

We’re going to hand the mic over to Eric Weinstein for a bit.

Or, more concisely:


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