Student Newspaper Editors Apologize for Printing “Offensive” Illustration
Filed in Campus Racial Incidents on November 3, 2015
The student newspaper at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh printed an illustration on its front page depicting s stereotypical portrayal of a Black student. The student is walking through a neighborhood with boarded-up and broken windows, a car on blocks, graffiti on the side of a building, and a damaged street sign. The article was about the admission rates of minority students at the university.
The editors of the paper apologized on the newspaper’s website by stating:
“It has come to our attention that the graphic in question not only has a disconnect to the article it was created to work with, but it also unintentionally features offensive and stereotypical elements that misrepresent African American students. To be frank, we deeply regret the use of this graphic and any offense or harm it may have caused our friends and peers. As SUNY Plattsburgh students and editors of the newspaper, we are constantly trying to represent the campus community in the best possible way, and in this case, we did not do so.”