The New Republic addresses its ‘perceived legacy of racism’

The forthcoming issue of The New Republic — its first since a mass staff shakeup in December — features a cover story by Canadian journalist Jeet Heer about the magazine’s “perceived legacy of racism.”

The 4,000-word article, which was obtained by POLITICO last week, comes in the wake of severe criticism about the magazine’s history of racism, including an essay by The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates that accused the century-old magazine of ignoring or dismissing blacks.

“How do we reconcile the magazine’s liberalism, the ideology that animated the Civil Rights revolution, with the fact that many black readers have long seen — and still see — the magazine as inimical and at times outright hostile to their concerns?” Heer writes in his piece.

“How could a magazine which published much excellent on-the-ground reporting on the unforgivable sins visited upon black America by white America— lynchings, legal frame-ups, political disenfranchisement and more—also give credence to toxic and damaging racial theorizing, as recently as the 1990’s?” Heer continues. “And why has The New Republic had only a handful of black editorial staff members in over a hundred years?”…

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