Note the lawsuit against Scripps was at play when article was written
Also racial issues are at play in this article involving the KSHB Staff
A former reporter who was already suing KSHB-TV for racial discrimination contends she was fired for posting an article on her Facebook page about white privilege.
While Lisa Benson Cooper’s case is pending in federal court, a Twitter thread is drawing attention to a May 7 article in The Guardian that argues that white women play the role of victim whenever women of color assert themselves. The article is titled “How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour.”
“On May 9th, Lisa shared this piece I wrote for The Guardian, about a common but only recently voiced phenomenon where WoC who raise issues about race & their mistreatment esp. at work are punished by white women who claim the WoC is ‘attacking’ them,” Ruby Hamad tweeted Monday.
Hamad said two white female colleagues at the Kansas City television news station saw the article on Benson’s Facebook page and contacted human resources. She said Benson was then suspended for making “broad, unfair characterizations of white women as a group based on their race and gender.”
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 Guardian 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.”
KSHB, a Scripps company, has denied Benson’s allegations of discrimination.
“We can confirm that, in line with its contractural rights, KSHB did not renew Lisa Benson’s contract,” News Director Carrie Hofmann said. “We cannot comment on pending litigation. We stand by our commitment to diversity and inclusion in our workplace.”
In Benson’s suit, which was moved to federal court from Jackson County Circuit Court, she alleges that her race was “constantly used” in deciding where or what topics she would be reporting. She said she was consistently assigned to urban core stories and was once sent alone to interview a member of the Ku Klux Klan