The new dark age of silencing: The Miscellany News, the college newspaper at Vassar College, recently retracted an article not because it contained any errors of fact (which it did not) but because the article had simply interviewed too many white students in its reporting.
The article had been written to describe the controversy surrounding the school’s decision to have Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security during the Obama administration, speak at the school, and his decision to withdraw because of the uproar from students demanding he be blacklisted. From the newspaper’s retraction announcement:
We would like to use this statement to both emphasize our values of diversity and inclusion, and delve deeply into our editorial process and the resulting article in question, especially since we understand that many people in the Vassar community are unaware of the article’s removal. … In this article, we attempted to include a variety of quotes from students describing why there was protest to the announcement of him as speaker in the first place, and the students’ reaction to his withdrawal.
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 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. [emphasis mine]
Notice the utter idiocy and outright bigotry of this action. First, the paper’s editors say it has values of inclusion, yet that value specifically demands that whites be treated as a lower form of life. Second, these editors claim that by merely interviewing a small number of blacks it has somehow “harmed” minorities at the school. Who has been harmed? How? The worst I can see is that some thin-skinned bigoted black activists on Twitter were offended that any whites were given the chance to voice their opinions. If these racists were harmed, then I say great! Harm them more!
Third, if you read the full statement from the newspaper, they expand upon their racist view of whites and American culture.
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. 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. None of our explanations for the failures of an individual article can mitigate the problem of past coverage on issues related to people of color, nor address in full depth the issue of representation within our board.
In other words, everyone ever involved in all of journalism, especially whites, were bigots, and thus must be wiped from history. Moreover, all future reporting must be shaped to express this view, and to favor minorities above all else. Get to the back of the bus, you evil whites!
Finally, note that at no time do the editors admit to any factual flaw in the article. In fact, it appears the article was entirely accurate, even if it did tout the blacklisting of Johnson in its writing. Thus, the editors retracted an article not because it was wrong but because it didn’t toady enough to leftist values. It wasn’t as good a propaganda tool as intended. It needed to be more blatantly biased, bigoted, and dishonest.
Woe for the future, as it appears it is the students at Vassar imposing these dishonest standards. They represent the future, and the future they want is one that is oppressive, unfair, racist, and evil.