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Elon Musk, the billionaire chief of Tesla and Twitter, called the media racist against white and Asian people in a tweet about the controversy over “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams, who said on a YouTube livestream last week that Black people were “a hate group” and white people should “just get the hell away” from them.
Hundreds of newspapers, including USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and The New York Times international print edition, stopped running the syndicated comic strip in response to Mr. Adams’s rant.
Responding to an article about Mr. Adams’s comments, Mr. Musk tweeted on Sunday that “the media is racist.” He added, “For a *very* long time, US media was racist against nonwhite people, now they’re racist against whites & Asians.”
Mr. Musk and Mr. Adams did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Within months of his takeover of Twitter, slurs against Black Americans and other minority groups surged on the platform, researchers found. Mr. Musk has denied claims that hate speech on Twitter has increased under his ownership.