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Anti-racist Washingtonian editor has history of offensive social media posts

By Michael Lee,


An editor at Washingtonian magazine has a history of making disparaging remarks about black people on social media.

Daniella Byck, an assistant editor at the Washingtonian, once mocked Africa and the size of a black man’s lips, quipping that “no human has lips that big” in a December 2011 Twitter post.

"'Earl Sweatshirt is a myth, he was a robot created by Tyler, The Creator; no human has lips that big' #internetfindings,” Byck said in one post.

“In #Africa tweeting is when you sit on a tree and make bird calls,” Byck joked in another.

“Afros and scooter parkhour #urbanjungle,” Byck observed in one tweet.

“@jfannn threw rice at an African princess,” she said in another.

Byck also once posted that she was “back in the hood,” adding that “it sure don’t feel good.”

The Washingtonian assistant editor also made jokes about fried chicken and waffles, a reference to typically racist stereotypes.

“It's not fried chicken and koolaid but...#chickenandwaffles #southernlife,” Byck wrote.

Byck’s tweets also targeted Hispanics.

“This entire airport looks like the Panama delegation. #MOTL2012problems,” Byck said in a 2012 post.

Byck’s author page on the Washingtonian's website lists her as a University of Wisconsin graduate who joined the publication in 2018.

She has since written multiple stories advocating for anti-racism and social justice, including one in which she directed readers to where they could donate to help Washington, D.C., social justice protesters amid the unrest throughout the country.

Byck also authored a story on “Bakers Against Racism,” where she highlighted an effort by bakers to raise money that would be donated to racial justice organizations.

Her more recent Twitter posts have also taken on a more social justice oriented tone, including one post last year in which she encouraged “white folks” to read her colleague's article about racism.

“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 said accompanied by the article.

The article highlights a tutorial on how to be anti-racist and talk to your kids about racism, while examining “how race, white privilege, and anti-blackness are woven into the very fabric of American society.”

Neither Byck nor the Washingtonian immediately responded to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

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