White Reporter Resigns After Using N-Word in Twitter Direct-Messaging Convo

Valerie Hoff via Twitter
Valerie Hoff via Twitter

Valerie Hoff, a veteran reporter with Atlanta’s 11Alive news, resigned over the weekend after trying to get the scoop on a video of a white cop punching a black man turned into her using the n-word in conversation with the man who posted the video to social media.


On April 13, Curtis Rivers posted a video of a black man getting punched by a police officer to his Twitter timeline. Hoff, who came across the video, tried to get permission from Rivers to post it; shortly afterward, Rivers tweeted that “news nig-as” were trying to use his video.

Hoff decided to slide into Rivers’ direct messages and sent him the following message, “Please call this news nig-a,” referring to herself. Hoff then asked Rivers where he got the video, and he replied with a “LMFAO” and then stated that he got the video from a group chat. But it was then that he noticed that Hoff was a white woman. “I just looked through your photos and realized you aren’t black but you called me a nig-a.”


Hoff then tried to state that she had called herself one and tried to apologize and said that the man in the video needed justice, but it was a little too late.

“How would I be able to contact your manager or lawyer?” Rivers asked.


And that was the end of Hoff’s career at WXIA. On Saturday, she resigned.

“I was quoting something the gentleman said in a public tweet back to him in a private message, but that doesn’t make it any less offensive,” Hoff told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It was incredibly stupid and reckless. I was in the middle of a pressure-filled day trying to chase down the video of a man being beaten and kicked by two Gwinnett police officers, which this particular gentleman had posted on Twitter. I repeatedly apologized and continue to do so. I also offered to resign immediately.”


Hoff now plans to be a stay-at-home mom and work on her food blog.

Bye, Kinja! It's been fun (occasionally).



“Can I Use The N Word?”: A Primer

1) Are you black?


There are well over 150,000 words in use in the English language and nearly 50,000 other words that have fallen out of use. One of these other words is virtually guaranteed to convey your meaning and intent without the accompanying fraught history of oppression and racial animus. There is simply no reason for you to use the N Word unless it is your goal to stir up controversy.

This also goes for variants of the N Word. Just don’t use them.

Should you think that you simply cannot live without using the N Word in conversation, try this little exercise. Go a week without using the N Word. Did your life change in any measurable or marked way? Probably not. Next, try to go another week without using the N Word. And another. Repeat for 75 years or until you die from natural causes.

And if you could not go one week without using the N Word, perhaps you should take some time for a bit of soul searching. There’s a word for white people who can’t go seven days without using the N Word:


And you probably don’t want to have that word used against you. Any more than African Americans want to be called the N Word by a white person.