The Washington Post’s Washington bureau chief, Ashley Parker, was the subject of criticism from some for not attending a prayer vigil for the victims of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Parker is a journalist who covers politics, race and immigration for the newspaper, and she has become a symbol for a group of white journalists who have been criticized on social media for wearing head coverings or covering themselves in blackface.
But Parker said she is a white woman who does not hide her faith, and her hijab is not an act of racism.
“I am a white person, and I have to do what I do,” she said.
“I have to show up to work and not be afraid of being judged for who I am.
I have been asked to cover the Orlando mass shooting, but I’m a woman and I don’t want to be judged.”
Parker has also been criticized by some in the media for not covering the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting.
In a post on Twitter, Parker called Pulse a “pulse massacre” that left 49 people dead, but she also said she was “totally not in” it.