The Huffington Post has retracted a column suggesting white men should not be allowed to vote, claiming the piece’s author “appears not to exist.”

According to Breitbart, the original article (archived here), titled “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” was credited to a HuffPo contributor by the name of Shelley Garland.

Garland’s profile – which has since been deleted – described her as an “activist and feminist” who is “working on ways to smash the patriarchy.”

Her article suggested denying “toxic white males” the right to vote for 20 to 30 years as a means of “seeing a decline in the influence of reactionary and neo-liberal ideology in the world.”

Describing the article as “extremely sexist and racist,” Breitbart’s Oliver JJ Lane states that it quickly received backlash from several people, including Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of British conservative think tank The Bow Group.

Subsequently, two days after the Huffington Post article was published, the outlet has retracted it and released a statement.

“Huffington Post SA [South Africa] has removed the blog ‘Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?’ published on our site on April 13, 2017,” it reads.

“We have done this because the blog submission from an individual who called herself Shelley Garland, who claimed to be an MA student at UCT, cannot be traced and appears not to exist.”

The statement goes on to declare that the Huffington Post has now “strengthened” its standards related to identification.

HuffPo goes on to state that it will be submitting the problematic article to an ombudsman for analysis of its opinion.

The statement also includes an excerpt from the South Africa Press Code decrying the use of “discrimination and hate speech,” although the Huffington Post’s statement does not explicitly describe the problematic article as such.

“We apologise [sic] for the oversight,” the statement concludes. “We welcome further discussion. Please email [email protected]

This retraction comes following Huffington Post South Africa’s Editor In Chief Verashni Pillay actually defended the article’s place on the site.

Verashni Pillay, Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington 

Pillay stated, “we hope, as reads continue to rack up on this blog, that those who are tempted to fire off an angry email to us would first engage with the underlying analysis in Garland’s blog.”

Pillay also declared that “Garland’s underlying analysis about the uneven distribution of wealth and power in the world is pretty standard for feminist theory.”

Sources:
Huffington Post South Africa, Archive
Huffington Post South Africa
Breitbart

  • Keith Rollman

    HuffPo was always fake news….the only real news here is they finally figured it out themselves.

    • Sally Smith

      Nah, I think they still take themselves seriously.

  • Aitch748 the Дeplorable

    They’re not sorry for the article’s on-the-nose racism. They can’t admit that they’re only sorry they got caught, so they act as if the author is unknown. I mean, come on — can anonymous outsiders with fake profiles really just post stuff on the Huffington Post without the editors’ knowledge???

    • Tkopfens

      I think this stuff is good. America needs to wake the Eff UP! let the crazy come out on the left.

  • Thomas Wayne Wren

    Quite amazing that Ms. Pillay refers to Garland as if she exists when she admits that she does not. Then she has the chutzpa to offer the Dan Rather defense: Fake but accurate.

  • Bawk Bawkbagawk

    maybe 4chan did something so subtle it got lost in its own accuracy? the profile sounded legit and the article itself made the editor wet so they didnt bother to look harder?

    • AverageJoe1987

      Just sounds like the typical left-wing spin and denial to me. They thought they’d get nothing but praise for having the article on there. Now they’re just in spin mode trying to save the rest of their non-existent credibility.

  • Diana Maras

    HuffPost is just a glorified blog for SJWs to spew their nonsense. I would only go there to mock them when I’m bored.

  • AverageJoe1987

    The editor of HuffPo needs to be fired for this.

    They can pretend all they want, but they only deleted this because of backlash. Everyone involved needs to be fired and blacklisted. The editor and that hack who defended it.

  • Phelin M’Quirk

    There is an “uneven distribution of wealth” because there is an uneven creation of wealth. White men, and countries inhabited by them, are wealthy because they are particularly competent at creating wealth. Not everyone has this skill.

    • Libertarian

      No that’s not it either. Both you and her are hitting around the target zone. She says that white men adhere to ideologies that encourage personal responsibility while shunning group think. That is the reason white countries thrive over others. Groupthink always brings you down. Personal responsibility actually makes you want to work with others who are also responsible.

      • Phelin M’Quirk

        Do you dismiss culture as “groupthink”? Culture is as important to a population’s or a country’s prosperity as ideology (which is a Jacobinical conceit). Personal responsibility is important, but so are other cultural traits, and so is a population’s median IQ. There has to be the right mix.

        • Libertarian

          What culture are you referring to? As you state later in your response, personal responsibility is a part of culture. Some cultures promote it and some don’t. I maintain that those cultures that do promote it will prosper over those that do not. It’s by no means the only aspect of a society’s culture but it’s very important.

          Your second sentence is unclear. Also I don’t understand how you are saying that IQ is a part of culture. Culture could influence a society having a higher or lower median IQ but I don’t see how it could be defined as a cultural trait.

          • Phelin M’Quirk

            My point is that culture is a collective phenomenon. One man on a desert island does not a culture make. If he has one, it’s a product of his family, his kinsmen, neighbors, co-religionists, fellow-countrymen, etc., from some time before he ended up by himself.

            The median IQ of a society is important to its culture, and to its economy. The highest median IQs in the world are found in two small enclaves of the Chinese diaspora, both of which were fairly recently ruled by the British – Hong Kong and Singapore. Both are over 100. The countries of northwestern Europe have the next highest median IQs, within 5 points of 100, while those of the Islamic world are in the mid-80s and much of sub-Saharan Africa is in the 70s, some even lower.

            Culture does not influence IQ, but IQ, which is substantially innate, certainly influences culture. The violence of the Middle East and the utter social and economic basket case that is sub-Saharan Africa are direct reflections in their respective cultures of those areas’ median IQs.

          • Libertarian

            First, don’t strawman me. This isn’t an argument about what what consists of a society. All humans are social creatures and as such we form societies that have communal values. The conversation is about how much each society promotes individuality after the basic needs of society are met. To claim otherwise means you are unsure of your argument. I am not unsure of mine. You in fact prove my argument in your second paragraph so there is no need to rehash it.

            IQ is NOT innate. Who the hell taught you that? IQ is simply one measure of intelligence and LOL a cultural measure at that!!!! I’m laughing because this has been proven for over 50 years. When they found a few isolated tribes in the pacific islands around the time of the second world war and they gave the adults IQ tests and the median was 80. Well some of their kids were raised in modern society and their median IQ average was 100. That says right there that the people raised in the proper cultural construct performed adequately on the IQ test. While those that weren’t did not. If you took those kids who had no knowledge of islander life and dropped them off they would probably die right next to their 80 IQ brethren who were considered practically retarded by “advanced” society.

            As to your last sentence I disagree. The violence in Africa and the Middle East (And elsewhere) is caused by cultural constructs that impede the development of higher IQ’s.

          • Phelin M’Quirk

            Actually the correlation coefficient of IQ to heredity is about +.75, the remaining factors being less well correlated and divided between shared and unshared environmental influence. So, heredity is a large influence on IQ and this has been known since the study of psychometrics began – see, for example, Lewis Terman. Twin studies strongly corroborate the hereditary influence.

            Now, it is true that the median IQ of American blacks at 85 is somewhat higher than that of the sub-Saharan African countries from which their ancestors came. However, it is unclear how much of that increase is attributable to environmental change and how much to interbreeding with Americans of European stock during the past four centuries. Americans of European stock tend to have IQs comparable to those of people in Europe.

          • Libertarian

            Heredity has absolutely nothing to do with culture. They are two entirely different things.

            What schooling did you get? It was really poor.

          • Patrick Larson

            It’s very clear that he is saying IQ has a strong heredity factor .( Which it does ) .Not culture . Weren’t you much good at comprehension ? Poor schooling was it ? Don’t feel bad. Lack of comprehension is very common these days .

          • Libertarian

            HAHAHA. 🙂

            Very clear! It’s very clear! Everything is so clear!

            Idiot.

          • Daniel Freeman

            Don’t be so hard on yourself. I’m sure it’s just confirmation bias.

          • Libertarian

            ^.^

          • Phelin M’Quirk

            You assert that heredity has nothing to do with culture, but offer no argument to support that assertion other than sneering at my schooling.

            One subject I learnt at school was Latin, and to this argument, Horace has an apposite observation:

            “Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret.”

            In other words, you can chase nature out with a pitchfork, and still she returns. Nature, in other words, prevails over nurture, as the highly positive correlation between heredity and IQ tends to demonstrate. A people of low median IQ cannot support a high culture. A certain average level of intelligence among a people is prerequisite to such development. That is why England has stately homes and Africa has mud huts. Darwin and Galton surely knew that.

          • WorthC

            Nobel prize winning physicist William Shockley was driven from the company of “right thinking” people thirty five years ago for pointing out the same facts you’ve listed quite ably. It’s funny how the facts haven’t changed in the intervening years, but your interlocutor’s method of challenging them has. “Culture” now trumps all as the villain in the IQ wars, and, if necessary, it can be sliced and diced to order, depending on the outcome the “right thinking” people desire.

          • Libertarian

            It’s easy to sneer at people who try to use a limited education to promote a poor ideology.

          • Phelin M’Quirk

            What have I said that is in error? How much study have you given to psychometrics? As much as (say) Jensen, Shockley, or Lynn? Have you read the foundational authorities such as Terman? Or even a knowledgeable popular writer like Steve Sailer?

            And what is the “ideology” that you think I am promoting, and why do you say it is “poor”?

          • Libertarian

            LOL 🙂

          • Phelin M’Quirk

            You demonstrate that sneering and name-calling are the last resorts of those who can’t or won’t engage the arguments made by their opponents.

          • Libertarian

            What is the point in engaging you? You already know who you are and what you stand for. 🙂

          • Phelin M’Quirk

            Tell me what I am, and what I stand for.

          • Libertarian

            ^.^

          • Libertarian

            No, I’m actively choosing not to engage you. There is no possible positive outcome. I see your ignorance and raise you an ignore.

          • Phelin M’Quirk

            Well, then, why do you keep replying to me – albeit without rebutting anything I have actually said?

          • Libertarian

            no reason

          • Phelin M’Quirk

            Just can’t quit me, can you?

          • Hans Gruber

            Man, the debate in the comments is way better than the actual article. Keep it going. I’ll make popcorn. If you want my input, I’d say you’re up by half a point going into the second half. I’ll score you both when this wraps up.

    • Jayne Dhoe

      No this is not real feminism. Real feminism is not racist and never was. Real feminism basically demanded all women be treated like humans and actually wanted men to be free of patriarchy that enslaves them too and in many cases makes them enslavers. It still does. Black “feminism” was never EVER feminism. EVER. They’re all low-intellect race baiters, primarily. They hate white women particularly because they are so roiled with resentment for them, for many reasons.

  • Libertarian

    Chrome does not like that mirror site. It kept telling me it was a phishing site until I turned it off. No wonder given how nasty that article is.

  • PunJabber

    Just another handful of blogroll. (You don’t need “[sic]” quoting British spelling such as “apologise” in a SA publication.)

  • PunJabber

    Let’s hear it for flower power! Thought it was a Garland; turned out to be a Nosegay.

  • OldSailor

    Huffpo, it took you long enough to finally realize how evil the sentiments in that article are and finally take it down. But the damage is done, what little reputation you had is ruined.

    But the really disturbing part of this is how many people took off the masks and revealed their true faces.

    • BlueJene

      The problem is that they DON’T realize how wrong it was, only that they can’t name the author. Most likely because they’re trying to cover for one of their own.

    • myddrinemrys

      But they didn’t realize that the sentiments were evil. They just said that they couldn’t verify the author.

      The editor even discusses how the ideas are basically feminist.

  • Colin Durham

    Thank you Ms. Pillay for telling us that blatant racism & sexism is “pretty standard for feminist theory.”

  • Cameron N Raath

    I hear a certain breed of channers tend to be very well versed at finding things, geographically located around the world with little to no indicators at all… Perhaps if they would get involved we can bring the author of this heinous, racist article to light and perhaps have them tried for hate speech?

  • Andrew Donica

    How was this NOT discriminatory and hate speech?

  • Tony

    Lieberals are the most hateful racists there are.

  • SallyForth

    The true test of identity politics, which the Huffington Post constantly pushes, is whether it has decreased or increased the amount of hate and division in Western democracies where it has taken hold.

    By my reckoning, society has gotten worse as a result of this belief system which is part of cultural marxism.

  • Doug Brown

    This rag (Huffjoke) is not worthy of wrapping fish in. Not even worth enough to wipe the rear ends of death row inmates.

  • charles_1

    So a hufpo author writes under a fake name to conceal her identity. It was written by someone.

  • Tony

    Easy way to find the author, Copy and paste a paragraph into a Plagiarism checker and see if its been published elsewhere on the net……………

  • Girl who talks with her claws

    So it was written by an infinite number of monkeys at an infinite number of computers?

  • Pinecity

    Probably an inside job; it screams HuffPoo politics…

  • Pat Patrix

    Meanwhile white genocide in South Africa continues unabated.

  • maam2u

    South Africa is already very oppressive towards whites nowadays, i would think this is the kind of inflammatory propaganda that would lead to more crimes against them. In fact in South Africa, there is a huge and growing number of dispossessed former land/ business owning former middle class whites who are now living pretty much homeless. Ever since the regime change.

    • Herbertificus

      Another way to say that is . . . as soon as blacks took control of the country, everything went to absolute schitte.

  • John Williams

    So Pillay’s pen name is Garland. Good to know…

  • feztonio

    women are welcome to take over and keep men down – as soon as they learn to shoot or fight. since they’re utter shit at both … good luck with that huff-po

    • Herbertificus

      I know a 52-year-old woman here in Texas who is a school principal . . . and is a crack shot. She is not one to be messed with.

      But your point stands — men and women are very different and there’s a reason why white men have invented 95% of all post-Stone-Age technology.

  • lori58

    it could be time white men deny all access to those of colour the things they created.

  • Jesse McKay

    The objectionable content is not the issue and never was. The issue should be that Huff-Puff is hypersensitive and snowflaky about race and gender… as long as that race is not “Caucasian,” and that gender is not “Male.” It’s a stupid, angry argument of the delirious which doesn’t deserve the computer space used to store it.

  • Chicagato

    Huffington Post = Fake Authors = Fake News‼️

  • Michael Lang

    Huffpo = clowns.

  • Checkmate King Two

    There was something underlying this article by a now non-existent author , but it wasn’t analysis. Fire. Them. All.

  • Patrick Wise

    “Pillay also declared that ‘Garland’s underlying analysis about the uneven distribution of wealth and power in the world is pretty standard for feminist theory.'”

    This statement is absolutely true. The sad part is she doesn’t realize what an indictment of “feminist theory” that statement represents.

  • 2+2=4andalwayswill

    I’m surprised they retracted at all. Pretty sure this is mainstream thinking in SA.

  • putupjob

    Notice that huffpo was concerned about the identity of the author but not the utter bigoted opinion.

  • Bandit

    Proggies want apartheid – just with different rules

  • JimOSullivan

    “Apologise” is the correct spelling in South Africa, so there was no call for the “[sic].” Indeed to quote the the quote of the statement accurately, would one have to write ” ‘ We apologise [sic] [sic] for the oversight’ “?

  • Omnia Incendent

    The number of people who still think “Not all feminists are like that” has got to be drying up now, surely?

  • Jill Marie Dixon Evans

    If they ever talk about fake news again, please bring this up; everybody, let’s get on board, promise each other, if anybody from Huffpo ever says anything about fake news again, that we archive the shit, and throw it back in their faces.