With heavy hearts we report that Erica Garner passed away this morning.
The activist and daughter of Eric Garner suffered a heart attack earlier this week.
Within minutes of the announcement of her passing, the administrator of her Twitter account drew ire over a post requesting that only Black journalists reach out to the family.
Out of respect to Erica please do not request comment if the journalist is not Black.
— officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) December 30, 2017
While some were offended, many came to the family’s defense.
a) They want to determine how and by whom their story gets put out to the world. More than acceptable.
b) The definition of racism involves things that uphold systemic persecution of one race by another. This is not that.
— Christopher (@dwyercd) December 30, 2017
Help me understand how banning reporters who are not of a certain skin color helps to create a safe space?
— paul harris (@PaulHarris53) December 30, 2017
Out of respect, I as a puertorriqueño am unfollowing the deceased warrior.
— Gerson Borrero (@GersonBorrero) December 30, 2017
Out of respect for Erica, delete this tweet and go tell the hospital room hanger-on who told you to tweet that, Erica deserves better than to end on a racist note.
A really heart-felt unity has blossomed around her; she commands respect from all quarters. Don’t stink it up.
— LianaCorr (@LianaCorr) December 30, 2017
I know you’re angry she has left us but she is rejoicing in Heaven. Don’t make her legacy a negative one by discriminating white journalists. There are good and bad in all races.
— beachbunny (@MyDelusi) December 30, 2017
How do you feel about ‘Erica’s’ Black-only journalist request?