Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and Twitter, claimed without evidence that "the media" and "elite colleges and high schools" are "racist" against white and Asian individuals.
Musk tweeted his remarks on Twitter, where he has almost 130 million followers, in response to the news that media outlets across the country opted to pull "Dilbert" from syndication after its creator Scott Adams delivered a racist rant in a YouTube video last week.
Musk wrote specifically, "The media is racist." He continued by saying, "For a *very* long time, US media was racist against non-white people, now they're racist against whites & Asians. Same thing happened with elite colleges & high schools in America. Maybe they can try not being racist."
The video of Adams was released during Black History Month, which was established in 1976 by President Gerald Ford to recognize the challenges and contributions of African-Americans.
Adams cited a poll conducted by the right-leaning Rasmussen Reports in which 26% of Black respondents disagreed with the phrase "It's OK to be white." The Anti-Defamation League has designated the term referred to in its poll as a "hate slogan." In his video, Adams referred to those of African descent who rejected the word as a "hate group."
Adams also stated that he preferred to reside in a community where there were few or no Black people, and then recommended his white audience to "get the hell away from Black people," stating that didn't "want to have anything to do with them."
The Los Angeles Times, The Oregonian, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Washington Post, and USA Today ceased publication of "Dilbert."
According to Pew Research, newsroom staff are far more likely to be white (and male) than workers in the United States as a whole. According to McKinsey study, black talent is underrepresented in film and television, particularly behind-the-scenes. McKinsey discovered that less than 6% of film writers, directors, and producers in the United States are Black.
Around 29% of non-Hispanic white persons in the United States possess a bachelor's degree or above, compared to 18.4% of Black people and 51.3% of Asian people, according to the latest recent data from the US Census Bureau.
Asians are underrepresented in leadership positions in academic libraries and higher education in the United States, according to a study published in the Journal of Library Administration in 2022 by Mihoko Hosoi.