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Post Backs Off on Jack Evans Whiteness Headline

The Washington Post found itself juggling story headlines last night after making a surprisingly controversial statement in one: Mayoral hopeful and Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans is white.

Evans got his turn in the Post's series of mayoral profiles last night, with the headline "Jack Evans, a White D.C. Council Member, Sets His Sights on Becoming Mayor of Washington." After Twitter bafflement that the paper included Evans' race in the headline, including some from Vince Gray campaign manager and self-declared election policeman Chuck Thies, the Post substituted in an anodyne headline that described Evans only as a "veteran political tactician."

Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti says the new headline was put in after the original one "just missed."

"The headline as first written didn’t convey the point that was made in the story, which is that he is trying to become the first white mayor," Coratti writes in an email.

LL doesn't see the fuss in the first place, but that's an odd motivation for switching headlines. Whatever its faults, the original headline didn't obscure that Evans is white and wants to be mayor.

In a statement, Evans campaign spokesman Jermaine House says Evans' showing in a recent poll in Wards 7 and 8 demonstrated that voters are more interested in Evans' experience than in his race. Thies, an eager media foil who regularly complains on behalf of other candidates, proved more outspoken.

"If I’m [Amazon and Post owner] Jeff Bezos, I’m apologizing on behalf of the newspaper that I own," Thies says.

The article outraged Thies enough on Evans' behalf that he went past the headline, criticizing the diversity of the Post's mayoral campaign coverage team ("None exists!") and line-editing Post writer Paul Schwartzman's story on the phone with LL. Thies doesn't like that Schwartzman describes Evans' skin as "pallid" in the opening of the story. (Schwartzman declined to comment.)

"'Pallid' means sickly, 'pallid' is how you would describe a corpse," says Thies. "It’s just a terrible word, and it just doesn’t belong in the lede of a news story unless you’re talking about someone who is on death’s door or a corpse."

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    Hey Chuck: Sit down, man.

  2. Mahdi Leroy J. Thorpe, Jr.
    #2

    The Washington Post writer Paul Schwartzman in the Jack Evans article is either ignorant or deliberately ignoring DC political history of Jack Evans political career in Shaw and trying to re-write history.. It was I, that was the first African-American to introduce Jack Evans to Black people in Shaw and also endorsed him along with the late African-American Shaw activist Lillian Gordon.

    Schwartman also failed to recognize that each time Jack ran for re-election in Shaw he had an overwhelming large African-American vote even during the late 1990'w early 2000 when gentrification began to emerge in Shaw.

    Jack's white shin was never a factor for Blacks in Shaw - it was the white liberals that felt guilty about voting for a white man in a majority Black Washington, DC and these white liberals still feel that way today in 2014. If Jack is not elected Mayor in the primary on April 1st blame the white liberals whom have the voting power now in an almost 50/50 black/white DC.

  3. #3

    yea, Leroy hates Gays so much he stopped at nothing to defeat the late Jim Zais - who came close to becoming DC's first openly Gay council member - I'm sure there's video footage out there of Leroy yelling faggot through a megaphone - your 15 minutes were over a long time ago

  4. #4

    Hysterical, Chuck Thies (who, I think is probably certifiable but you can't deny the boy has talent) is now so far ahead that he can double back and sharp shoot for his rivals. Thies is excoriating the Post and getting in Jeff Bezos face, while Jeanine House (looks good in a suit, lights dimly on, nobody home) is citing months old polls. You can bank on House still not getting the issue but soon he'll pull out his press relations tactic and get Jack to whine about how unfair it all is.

    Next thing we know Thies will be mapping a route out of the closet for Browser and turning the fact that Wells face bears the map of Ireland into a ethnic tribute.

  5. #5

    From the story "his hand outstretched, his pallid white skin unmistakable in a crowd of African Americans."

    Wow, how would Schwartzman describe his hand if he was gay among a crowd of straight people, or a Jew among a crowd of gentiles, physically challenged among a group of healthy people?

    "his hand outstretched, his inorganic ebony skin unmistakable in a crowd of healthy European Americans."

  6. #6

    Well, what do you expect from a newspaper that - just this past week - described the color of the walls in a newly opened Ward 8 restaurant as "watermelon?"

    If they don't get it, they don't get it. And they really don't get it.

  7. #7

    Way to go Jes'sayin. The post has been disconnected from the reality of the Black community since former Black reporter Nathan McCall left that racist newspaper.

  8. #8

    Hey Joan! Get a decent life and a husband to release that negative energy and rage going on inside that evil soul.

  9. #9

    Why does everything have to be about race? I'm moving to another planet where race doesn't matter. ha ha

  10. #10

    Wait...Jack Evans is WHITE??!! Smelling salts, please, I feel faint!

  11. #11

    I totally agree that the article was absurd. But here's the thing, no one really talks about Wells' race. At least part of it is that the super pale guy also lives in Georgetown and also chose to kick off his run at Le Diplomate. It actually sound like he has a decent record as a councilmember but you have to wonder if he thought about the optics of the campaign at all?

  12. #12

    R-A-C-E!
    To quote then Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, when queried about the Benghazi incident she quipped: "What difference does it make..." To everyone hyperventilating over race< I also ask, what difference does it make? To answer my own question, succinctly, here in D.C., a L-O-T! And that's unfortunate.

    It seems there are very few among use who will engage in an open and honest dialogue concerning race, not only here in D.C., but in the entire country. As far as DC politics are concerned it matters, it really, really matters. How else can you account for Carol Schwartz, a Republican receiving approximately 33% of the vote in 1998? (registered Republicans numbered less than 6% at that time). Just in case you missed the point, let me 'splain it to you - a whole bunch of Democrats voted for her, and you can infer the vast majority of those Democrats who did were white.

    Similarly, quite a few of the African-Americans voters seem obsessed with voting for "their own" even if that person is not the most qualified, or worst yet, C-O-R-R-U-P-T! I respectively submit, that if the elected officials, both past and present, were about the business of truly good governance, we would not be engaging in this conversation. I can only hope that one day soon, most folks will come to this realization. At least one can hope for change.

  13. #13

    What else would the Post have to talk about if race were not thrown into the mix? Yes, race is an issue for some in this town, but must it be elevated so far above what most people really care about?

  14. #14

    Why is anyone surprised that the WPost encourages its readers to always consider race. The only thing they've done differently here is substitute their usual code "black" speech w/a "he's white" one.

  15. #15

    Jack looks like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons.

  16. #16

    WELL AT LEAST THE REPORTING WAS ACCURATE BECAUSE HE IS WHITE.

    @MARVIN-I BELIEVE CAROL IS ALSO A JEW WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO HER GETTING ELECTED AND REELECTED.

    TO ALL THOSE FOLK WHO CONTINUE TO DISCOUNT RACE AS IF RACISM NO LONGER EXISTS SHOULD BE MADE TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYDAY BLACK FOLK WAKE UP WE HAVE TO APPROACH AND ADDRESS THE WORLD IN A DIFFERENT WAY BECAUSE WE ARE BLACK AND IF YOU CAN'T OR DON'T WANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEN EITHER SHUT THE FUCK UP OR AND MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE!!

  17. #17

    The Washington Post was on point, Jack Evans is a Caucausian, who is very PALE.

    Next, Thrope you were not the first to introduce Jack to the Shaw community, Mrs. Doris L. Brooks was the FIRST to acquaint this white man, who lacks respect for low and moderate citizens, only when he's in need of votes, which today he will not get many from BLack Americans.

    Even you, are not voting for him, but for Gray (The person Evans echoes - why one do not know -- because both will not make the title of Mayor in DC).

    Race is going to be a major issue in DC, and shall lead to some serious gentrification repercussions.

    Therefore, Washington Post keep doing your job, and for Evans supporters and friends (Like Thorpe) please keep your facts and perspectives in order.

  18. #18

    I was approached by one of Evans' campaign workers while attending the Ward 4 Dems debate. I told the young man that I was not interested in the literature or Evans. He seemed taken aback and asked me why. I told him that he's no different than several councilmembers (past and present) who merely react bad media publicity about the city agencies (i.e. OTR) for which they chair oversight committees and take little action to prevent dysfunctional operation. I also mentioned how the citizens were suppressed during the "public hearings" about building Jack's Stadium.

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