Ebony magazine apologized to the Republican National Committee for an editor's "lack of judgment" on Twitter directed to a black staffer for the GOP.
Jamilah Lemieux, a senior digital editor forEbony, dismissively referred to RNC deputy spokesman Raffi Williams on Thursday as a "white dude" on Twitter and likened conservatives to a "house full of roaches" in another tweet. Williams is black.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus demanded an apologyfrom the magazine Friday, saying Lemieux "did not even attempt to show journalistic objectivity." Under Priebus' leadership, the GOP has made efforts to broaden its outreach to minorities, gays and lesbians and others who have felt ignored by Republicans.
In astatement on the magazine's website,Ebonyeditors apologized to Williams and black Republicans on Friday afternoon.
"Ebonystrongly believes in the marketplace of ideas. As the magazine of record for the African-American community, Lemieux's tweets in question do not represent our journalistic standard, tradition or practice of celebrating diverse black thought," the statement said.
Priebus said in his letter to the magazine that he hoped the incident would serve "as a catalyst for greater engagement and understanding between the Republican Party and the black community."