Well, this might be a bit embarrasing.
The New York Times has run many articles voicing opinions calling for varying levels of reparations, claiming that current-day inequities can be traced back to slavery. If that is so, then the clearest line between those two points, people enjoying accumulated wealth and those suffering inequality, would be for the direct descendants of slave-holding and slavery-supporting families to “unburden” themselves of some of their wealth by transferring it to direct descendants of slaves.
Now that notion has found its way home. At appears that the founding families of The New York Times supported the South and owned slaves.
Adolph Ochs was the patriarch of the New York Times. His mother Bertha supported the South and was caught ferrying medical supplies to Southern troops in a baby carriage. His uncle and distant relatives fought for the Confederacy Adolph wrote in the Chatanooga Times about the “evils of negro suffrage” being inflicted on Democrats, and published in the New York Times a tribute to Confederate President Jefferson Davis in 1906 on his birthday, calling him “the great Southern leader.”
Putting his money where his mouth was, Ochs contributed to Confederate memorials, including $1,000 to the enormous Stone Mountain Memorial. Och’s brother George was an officer of The New York Times and the leader of the New York chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Now it gets worse.
Apparently Bertha Ochs’ uncle owned several slaves, and Bertha lived with him for a number of years in Mississippi. There’s also a record of a branch of the Sulzberger family, which controls the New York Times to this day, owning slaves.
So far, there’s no word that The New York Times intends to hand over the keys to the building to a reparations advocacy group so that ownership and control can be redistributed.