An article by Lonnae O'Neal for The Washington Post about race and journalism in 2015.
"One reader waited until late in the year to send me the most nakedly racist email I’ve ever gotten. I wrote a column raising questions about the black lead character’s heroism, skill set and romantic appeal in the new Star Wars movie, and on Christmas Eve this gift landed in my inbox: You are a serious [n-word] lover. If you wanna see them fight and kiss just go to the zoo.
The comments are always worse from the ones who think I’m white, I noted abstractly. A white woman talking about these issues is an especially grievous, and perhaps even painful, form of betrayal for some. It’s a bit more insight at a time in our national conversation around race when every little bit counts.
I’m black, by the way.
I began writing this column in January, and for me, it has been a year of writing racially."
Read the full article here.