A think-tank employee from Johannesburg has reportedly left his job after the Huffington Post identified him as the man who posed as a South African writer calling for white men to be stripped of their right to vote.
According to Breitbart, Marius Roodt created the persona of Shelley Garland, a South African feminist, to expose the outlet’s racist tendencies.
Huffington Post published ‘Shelley Garland’s’ piece, entitled “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” last week.
“If white men were not allowed to vote, it is unlikely that the United Kingdom would be leaving the European Union, it is unlikely that Donald Trump would now be the President of the United States, and it is unlikely that the Democratic Alliance would now be governing four of South Africa’s biggest cities,” said ‘Garland’ in the article after claiming, “some of the biggest blows to the progressive cause in the past year have often been due to the votes of white men.”
“If white men no longer had the vote, the progressive cause would be strengthened,” continued Garland, adding, “At the same time, a denial of the franchise to white men, could see a redistribution of global assets to their rightful owners.”
Huffington Post initially defended the piece by Garland with Vershina Pillay, the editor-in-chief of HuffPo South Africa, stating “dismantling the patriarchal systems that have brought us to where we are today, a world where power is wielded to dangerous and destructive ends by men, and in particular white men, necessarily means a loss of power to those who hold it.”
It was only after learning that Shelley Garland did not exist, that Huffington Post retracted the article.
Although Roodt did nothing wrong, and actually helped bring to light the racism that manifests itself within the outlet, he has handed in his resignation, which has been accepted, after multiple HuffPo editors confronted him.
See the video of the confrontation here.
People are understandably angry with the outlet.
Roodt has not given any further explanation for his resignation.