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Journalist Fired in Dallas After Referring to Mayor as ‘Bruh’ on Social Media – Accused of Racially Insensitive Language

A Dallas reporter lost her job because she called the mayor “bruh” in a tweet, which sparked a debate about language and professionalism.

Meghan Mangrum was a reporter for the Dallas Morning News who covered education. On February 11, she replied to a tweet by Mayor Eric Johnson saying local media didn’t care that violent crime was going down.

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Meghan Mangrum was a reporter for the Dallas Morning News who covered education. On February 11, she replied to a tweet by Mayor Eric Johnson saying local media didn’t care that violent crime was going down.

Even though several news outlets, including the Dallas Morning News, had already written about the crime drop, Mangrum confronted Johnson on Twitter.

In a tweet, Mangrum said, “Bruh, national news is always going to chase the trend. Cultivate relationships with quality local news partnerships.”

Mangrum later told D Magazine that when she knows her coworkers are doing a good job, she is proud to stand up for them and their work. She also wants the same from her coworkers and the place she works.

When the word “bruh” was used to talk to Mayor Johnson, both he and his chief of staff were upset.

Johnson said on Twitter, “Gotta love when folks let their inherent biases show. I get to be addressed as ‘bruh’ by someone who writes for my daily local paper whom I’ve never met.”

The Morning News’s executive editor, who is black, asked Mangrum, who is white, if she would use the term if Johnson were white. Mangrum said she would still use the word when talking to the mayor.

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According to KnowYourMeme, “bruh” was popularized partly due to memes on the now-defunct Vine platform and is used to express frustration or disappointment. Dictionary.com says that the slang word comes from Black English and has been used since at least the 2010s to show surprise or shock. D Magazine said that Mangrum had used “bruh” in the past when talking to different accounts.

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D Magazine said that Mangrum was fired from the Dallas newspaper three days after the tweet because he broke the paper’s social media policy. She said, though, that the paper didn’t say which part of the rule she had broken.

Mangrum told HuffPost in an email that she was devastated to lose her job and upset with how the management handled it. She also said that her firing is part of a bigger story about the problems that journalists at her old newspaper had to deal with.

Her firing happened at the same time as a protest by the Dallas News Guild that she helped plan. Mangrum says that the union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board on her behalf.

HuffPost couldn’t get in touch with the newspaper or Johnson’s office right away to get a comment.

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