Univ. Md. student newspapers stolen; culprits cite racism – culprits who stole the University of Maryland College Park newspaper characterize it as racist

Univ. Md. student newspapers stolen; culprits cite racism – culprits who stole the University of Maryland College Park newspaper characterize it as racist – Brief Article

Some 10,000 copies of the University of Maryland College Park campus student newspaper were taken recently by culprits who left a message at each distribution drop-off where the papers were missing.

The message reads: “Due to its racist nature, the Diamondback will not be available today – read a book!”

Black students at that campus have criticized the Diamondback’s coverage as racially insensitive. Earlier in the semester the paper misspelled Frederick Douglass’ name and misidentified W.E.B. DuBois’ famous book, The Souls of Black Folk, as The Sales of Black Folk. Of the 19 editors on the paper’s staff, only two are Black. Neither is among the paper’s top editors.

The incident is similar to one at the University of Pennsylvania last spring when a Black group confiscated 14,000 copies of the student daily.

Diamondback editors have agreed to participate in a forum titled, “Is the Diamondback Fair to the Black Community?”

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