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A student-run newspaper at a predominantly white college has retracted a previously published story and penned a self-flagellating apology, and all for having committed the alleged crime of quoting too many white students.
Published in February by Vassar College’s The Miscellany News, the piece had centered on Obama era DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s decision to renege on his plans to deliver this year’s commencement address.
“On Feb. 17, 2022, The Miscellany News released an article titled ‘Jeh Charles Johnson withdraws as 2022 commencement speaker’ on both its website and the fourth print issue of its 157th volume. This article intended to report on student feelings about Johnson’s nomination and subsequent withdrawal,” the apology letter notes.
Click the link below to read the full apology. https://t.co/yNFvsPJjbA pic.twitter.com/YWojOmxwPr
— The Miscellany News (@themiscnews) March 25, 2022
It continues by essentially explaining that because of the need to meet deadlines, the paper’s staff had grabbed quotes from students who were predominantly white.
“In prioritizing urgency over thoroughness, we made misguided and insensitive oversights with whom we were representing in the article and failed to provide in-depth reporting of the issue at large,” the apology reads.
“The majority of our quotations came from white students and therefore we reduced the positions of students of color to a singular, tokenized perspective. After this was brought to our attention, the paper decided to remove the article online in an attempt to prevent further harm among the communities we misrepresented.”
The quotes had reportedly been critical of Johnson, who’d faced backlash at Vassar College over his willingness to deport illegal aliens.
The apology by the staff of The Miscellany News continues by highlighting a number of other violations of “wokeness.”
“Our article exemplifies many of the institutional flaws and structural problems within our paper. Journalism, including college journalism, has historically been a white-centric, often elitist field, and The Miscellany News is not immune to the consequences of these structures,” it reads.
“The publication of the article and its subsequent removal reminds us of the systemic issues our members are implicated in, as well as the privilege and lack of diversity that we have allowed to persist for generations across our boards.”
The paper’s tweets sound just as “woke” as its apology letter. Notice for instance the use of the “woke” term “latinx” in the tweet below:
The Miscellany News sat down with actor, producer and director John Leguizamo, speaker for Vassar’s 158th Commencement Ceremony, about his path to success, Latinx identity and Encanto.
Read Janet Song and Sawyer Bush article by clicking the link below.https://t.co/pdlXR5DY3i pic.twitter.com/PlfxvR9YSb
— The Miscellany News (@themiscnews) March 16, 2022
If you scroll through the paper’s feed, you may notice that the majority of its tweets boast zero likes, zero retweets, zero comments. The same appears to be true of the paper’s Facebook page.
It seems therefore that, for all intents and purposes, very few people interact with the paper. That being said, its apology did receive a handful of replies on Facebook.
“What I find interesting is that you label a problem as ‘systemic’ but don’t delve into what and who created it. You realize that Vassar’s newspaper and the media, in general, have been overwhelmingly run by liberals and progressives for at least the last several decades,” one reply reads.
“Proof that just because you give more power to liberals, that doesn’t mean they will produce fair, diverse, outcomes. They yielded exactly the opposite result. The fix is to bring in fresh thought from conservatives instead of maintaining the patronizing white- savior complex you have that always results in overall negative outcomes without sustainable improvements.”
“Censorship at best,” another reply adds.
The third and final comment slams the paper for its usage of the fake term “latinx”: “I’m Latina… and we hate the term Latinx. Stop using it as something acceptable, because it’s not.”
“Come to think of it, please continue with this crap. The midterms are going to show how much we hate that dumb term imposed by white people in Yale. Also, your editorial values are bull,” the reply continues.
“There’s something called diversity of thoughts and ideas. But I know you don’t know about it because you all have one mentality. There’s no diversity there if everyone agrees to censor people because of their skin color.”
What remains unclear is how the quotes were chosen, and who all had submitted statements to the paper. Did the paper’s staff select them themselves? Or was it “first come, first serve,” and the participants just happened to be white? Because if it was the latter and the students effectively chose themselves, then it would appear the staff did nothing wrong.
And indeed, Basser College is a predominantly white school white school, with a 55 percent majority of students being white. Thus, it’s possible that the interviewees used for the piece were actually demographically representative of the college.
However, correct demographic representation tends to not matter to the woke as much as “woke” demographic representation. Which is to say that the “woke” believe minorities should outnumber whites in everything — acting, business, politics — even when such majorities belie the actual data.
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