The New York Times published a scathing report this week targeting Elon Musk, claiming the global businessman and world’s richest person grew up “surrounded by anti-Black propaganda” in South Africa.
“Elon Musk grew up in elite white communities in South Africa, detached from apartheid’s atrocities and surrounded by anti-Black propaganda. He sees his takeover of Twitter as a free speech win but in his youth did not suffer the effects of misinformation,” writes the NYT on Twitter.
From the New York Times:
Elon Musk Left a South Africa That Was Rife With Misinformation and White Privilege
The apartheid era created all-white enclaves littered with anti-Black government propaganda and sheltered from the atrocities of apartheid.
Elon Musk, in a photo from the 1985 Bryanston High School yearbook. Bryanston High School Yearbook
JOHANNESBURG — Elon Musk’s impending takeover of Twitter has many people probing his public statements and his past for clues about how he will shape one of the world’s most influential public platforms.
But Mr. Musk, best known for owning the companies Tesla and SpaceX, has not talked much in public about a significant swath of his past: How growing up as a white person under the racist apartheid system in South Africa may have shaped him.