Reni Eddo-Lodge demands apology from Spectator over segregation comments

Sian Cain
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<span>Photograph: Suki Dhanda/The Observer</span>
Photograph: Suki Dhanda/The Observer

Reni Eddo-Lodge, the bestselling author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, has demanded a correction and apology from the Spectator after it printed comments from junior minister for equalities Kemi Badenoch that Eddo-Lodge says implies that she supports racial segregation.

Writing on Twitter on Wednesday, Eddo-Lodge announced that she had contacted the Spectator for a correction to its 22 October interview, which ran under the headline “Kemi Badenoch: The problem with critical race theory”. Before the comment Eddo-Lodge has complained about, Badenoch is described as feeling “particularly incensed by the boom in sales of texts such as White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race”.

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Both titles went to the top of the bestseller lists earlier this year after the killing of George Floyd in the US. In June, Eddo-Lodge became the first black British author to top the overall bookcharts.

Eddo-Lodge said she also asked for an apology and correction from the Independent, which ran a news story repeating Badenoch’s comments the same day.

“The article includes the suggestion I am in favour of a racially segregated society. I am not,” Eddo-Lodge wrote, adding that she had not been contacted by either publication offering right of reply before the stories were printed.

The Independent has yet to respond to Eddo-Lodge’s request. She said that the Spectator refused to print a correction or apology, and instead offered her the opportunity to write a response in the magazine.

“I strongly disagree with the charge against me made in both the Independent and the Spectator. I’m not in any way a proponent of segregation,” she wrote.

The Spectator is regulated by Ipso, the independent press regulator, while the Independent has an in-house team that handles requests for corrections. Eddo-Lodge confirmed to the Guardian that she is considering taking her complaint to Ipso.

The Guardian has contacted the Spectator for comment.