Farai Chideya
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The Call-to-Whiteness. The Rise of the New White Nationalism… | by Farai Chideya | Jan, 2021 | Medium

The Call-to-Whiteness. The Rise of the New White Nationalism… | by Farai Chideya | Jan, 2021 | Medium

The Rise of the New White Nationalism and Inadequate Establishment Whiteness ResponseI’m posting this essay, which I wrote right after the 2016 election results, because I’v begun to speak more openly about how constrained I was in covering racial resentment and white nationalism during my time at FiveThirtyEight. On October 2, 2015, I wrote a very factual and, in my mind, about how Jeb Bush’s rhetoric about blacks and “free stuff” was a racial dog whistle. Nate Silver, the founder and editorial director, then called me into the office on my day off, and told me that at FiveThirtyEight they...

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How We Save Our Body Politic. Reflections from a Black Female… | by Farai Chideya | Digital Diplomacy | Aug, 2020 | Medium

How We Save Our Body Politic. Reflections from a Black Female… | by Farai Chideya | Digital Diplomacy | Aug, 2020 | Medium

Reflections from a Black Female Journalist on America at the PrecipiceHello friends:I offered a version of these remarks to a powerful civic group recently. As part of my discourse on America in peril, I explained how hard it has been to be a Black female journalist. This may be the most personal and emotionally vulnerable writing I’ve shared publicly in my life. After all, I wanted to tell other people’s stories, not my own.Many times I’ve been thwarted in doing my job of telling the truth by managers who either disbelieved my news judgment (see “cherry picking the facts”), permitted me to...

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