But Byck’s past social media posts showed an entirely different character. She has a long history of making disparaging remarks about black people in social media.
In a December 2011 Twitter post, Byck mocked the size of a black man’s lips. She wrote: “Earl Sweatshirt is a myth, he was a robot created by Tyler, the Creator; no human has lips that big.”
She was referring to rapper Earl Sweatshirt, an African American whose real name is Thebe Neruda Kgositsile. Kgositsile’s previous stage name was Sly Tendencies, but he changed it to Earl Sweatshirt when he joined Odd Future, an alternative hip hop group formed by Tyler, the Creator.
In January 2012 tweet, Byck made a joke about Africa. She said: “In #Africa tweeting is when you sit on a tree and make bird calls.”
Tweet, of course, is the sound a person makes to mimic birds. Byck was apparently taking a shot at Africa for being late in technological development and for the way of life of Africans in general.
Byck’s other tweets with racist undertones included:
“@jfannn threw rice at an African princess.”
“Back in the hood, it sure don’t feel good.”
“It’s not fried chicken and koolaid but…#chickenandwaffles #southernlife.”
“This entire airport looks like the Panama delegation. #MOTL2012problems.”
Byck transforms into anti-racist media personality
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin and joining The Washingtonian in 2018, Byck has transformed into an anti-racist media personality.
Her article in June last year titled “DC Pastry Chefs Launch a National Bake Sale to Support Black Lives Matter” helped spark a global movement against racism. The story was about the virtual bake sales started by DC chefs to support Black Lives Matter (BLM) and other organizations promoting racial justice.
Buoyed by the exposure it received from Byck’s story, the Bakers Against Racism enjoyed huge success worldwide. It was supported by around 2,000 professional pastry chefs from different parts of the world and raised a huge sum of money for racial justice organizations.
Byck flaunted the role she played in the success of Bakers Against Racism via Twitter. She wrote: “Since writing this story last week, Bakers Against Racism has gone international.”
A follow-up story by Byck revealed that the Bakers Against Racism had raised over $1.6 million.
She also sounded more responsible in her recent tweets. She even encouraged “white folks” to read an article about racism written by her colleague, Rosa Cartagena.
“This one’s for you, white folks. If you’re at home wondering what you can do to make change, let this be your first step.” from my colleague @_RosaCartagena,” Byck tweeted accompanied by the article. (Related: Deranged leftists claim racism against white people isn’t racism – watch at Brighteon.com.)
The article featured Talking About Race, a web portal designed to provide free educational resources and tools from scholars, activists and historians with the goal of teaching everyone how to have conversations about race and racism. It was released by the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
“The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents and caregivers – and individuals committed to racial equality,” the museum said in a press release.
According to the museum, the release of the web portal was moved up after a rash of racially charged incidents, including the altercation in Central Park, the acts of police brutality resulting in the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and the protests their deaths provoked in cities around the country.
Byck appeared to have learned her lessons, but Talking About Race would have certainly taught the former version of herself a thing or two about racism.
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