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Earlier this year, Ruby Hamad wrote called, How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour, and it struck a nerve. It dug into the ways white women weaponize their emotions against women of color.

Many women of color shared the article, including a Kansas City television reporter named Lisa Benson.  Benson says she was fired from her job after two white female coworkers took offense to the article, which was posted on her personal Facebook account in June.

The Kansas City Star reports that, Benson’s case has received renewed attention after Hamad wrote a series of Twitter posts about it on Monday.

Hamad said Benson was suspended for making “broad, unfair characterizations of white women as a group based on their race and gender.”

According to KSHB, Benson posted on June 13 that she was no longer a reporter for 41 Action News. She followed on June 19 by posting that she did not quit her job but was suspended for posting the piece.

“I want you to know, I did not quit my job 41 Action News — KSHB-TV,” she wrote. “I was suspended for sharing a meme & a Guardian US article on my personal FB page and subsequently told I ‘shall not report to work’ for the duration of my contract.”

According to a previous report, Benson had alleged her former employer discriminated against her long before the white tears article was posted. Last year, she filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that her race was “constantly used” in deciding which stories she’d be covering.

The suit also claims that despite more than 10 years at the company and numerous applications filed by Benson, KSHB TV promoted white colleagues with less experience than she.

From the Star:

After raising concerns about the way she was being treated in 2015, Benson was suspended without pay for two days for what she was told was “combative” behavior with a supervisor. In her suit, Benson said her behavior during the meeting was respectful. 

Benson’s racial discrimination suit is currently pending in federal court, reports KSHB.




11 thoughts on “Kansas City Reporter Fired For Sharing Story About White Privilege

  1. White people get fired all the time for their racist posts, looks like Sista thought she had some “black privilege” that would save her black ass

  2. It’s sad but what she said is the truth and why can’t we say how we see that way they do things on these jobs. Stop with the double standard and just be fair that is all we are asking. Like she said you can be on the jobs for years they bring one of their family members are someone from their neighborhood you train them and then they become your boss what is wrong with that picture. Vote Blue people so we can make some changes in the mean world. Joe Biden and Joe Kennedy 2020

  3. Mrknowitall on said:

    This bigot was caught profiling while black, and stereotyping while black and deserves to be fired because she’s a racist

  4. She was wrong to put her opinion on blast. It seems they used that to fire her for the discrimination suit against them though. Even though I totally agree with what they were saying. Those white innocent tears (not), have gotten a lot of blacks, butchered and hung. Emmett Till, for just one example.

  5. African American Woman on said:

    People should go back to what our parents used to tell us; keep your damn business to yourself. Social media has created a whole generation who MUST BE seen and MUST be heard. I don’t and never will use social media.

  6. Combative Behavior. That’s a new phrase racist have began using when they’re In an uncomfortable situation with black people. Other races are using the phrase against us also. Reminds me of, “I felt threatened” used by, blood thirsty cops.

  7. African American Woman on said:

    She deserved to be fired along with anyone else who publishes broad brush negativity about a whole group of people. Everybody, including your employer may not agree with oe endorse your views. If people want to publish generalizations about others, be in business for yourself.

  8. ….again I say, there is no such thing as a “private page.” People need to think long and hard before the press send. But even at the end of all of that, what the enemy meant for evil, God will turn it around for her good. Push on, Sis.

  9. People of Color in particular, need to be very careful about WHAT they post on social media pages.

    Folks are losing their jobs these days after posting vile, ugly, racist rants.

    Folks seem to forget that once you press enter–you have sent your MESS OUT INTO THE WORLD FOR ALL TO SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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