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USA Today's race and inclusion editor fired for saying Boulder shooter was 'angry white man,' claims she was punished for 'challenging whiteness'

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She blamed her termination on alt-right Twitter accounts, Sean Hannity, and for publicly naming whiteness

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USA Today's race and inclusion editor, Hemal Jhaveri, announced she was fired by the publication on Friday afternoon. Jhaveri said that she was terminated from USA Today and For The Win, a USA Today "sports media property focused exclusively on social news" that started in 2013. Jhaveri claims that she was fired because of a tweet where she assumed that the Boulder shooter was an "angry white man." The suspect in the Boulder shooting is 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, who is of Syrian descent.

Hours after the tragic massacre of 10 people at the King Scoopers grocery store on Monday in Boulder, Colorado, Jhaveri wrote on Twitter, "It's always an angry white man, always." Jhaveri was replying to a tweet from fellow sports editor, Julie DiCaro at Deadspin, who said, "Extremely tired of people's lives depending on whether a white man with an AR-15 is having a good day or not."

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