March 27, 2022

Newspaper Pulls Article For Quoting Too Many White Students

The Vassar College student-run newspaper retracted an article published in February after determining it contained too many quotes from white students.

“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 Miscellany News editors wrote in an “apology.”

“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 article in question was about former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s withdrawing as the school’s commencement speaker for 2022 after her invitation sparked controversy over the Obama administration’s deportation policy.

The editors said the article “exemplifies many of the institutional flaws and structural problems within our paper” and vowed to take “consistent action” to “address the systemic problems within The Miscellany News.”

“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,” the editors wrote.


College newspaper yanks article for having too many quotes from white students

14 comments on Newspaper Pulls Article For Quoting Too Many White Students

  1. Donald says:

    Since Black or African Americans are only 13.3% of the population, as long as the number of other students interviewed stayed at 86% or less, there shouldn’t be a problem.

    1. Tom says:

      You need to expand your knowledge of the definition of “students of color”. Students of color are much more than black. There are Asians, Latino, Pacific Islanders, etc. So when you include those numbers, then you are up to around 30%. Then you must look at the population of the college. The enrolled student population at Vassar College is 54.8% White, 11.8% Asian, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, 8.86% Two or More Races, 3.73% Black or African American, 0.041% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. So just about every other interview should have been from a non-white population. You have just exemplified exactly what the article is talking about, you know, the white centric structure!?

      1. Warren says:

        On the other hand, the editors of the paper were wrong for giving this stupid complaint ANY consideration.

        1. szq says:

          Warren: I absolutely agree with what you said. This Nation is going nuts over being so darn p.c./woke, it is sickening!
          People are people. PERIOD!

      2. Francis says:

        Hey Tom:

        I’m white with lots of evidence (pink – reddish colors) of sunshine exposure
        I have red hair with blonde tones, darker tones and some grey
        I have blue eyes
        and I have freckles- LOTS of freckles ALL over my white based skin

        I’ve got more colors than the ones you CLAIM to be worried about.
        But all that bothers you is that I’m white?


        1. szq says:

          Love it!!!

  2. Rex says:


  3. Blondie says:

    Well, wellllllll!!!!!! Then get all the blacks to fill in your articles & I would bet money, if there were only blacks commenting, it would be perfectly okay.
    All of you people are sick in the head & can’t see that folks like yourselves are the problems, not the white people. This crap has to stop at some point, because, division is not the answer. So what, if more educated whites made comments. They have worked off their asses to learn, study, work & make something of themselves, other, than learning how to shoot & kill at young ages of 11 through 21. These people made their choices & NO ONE, kept them from getting the education they might have wanted. Talk to Danzel Washington, Steve Harvey, Dr. Ben Carson, Candace Owens, Hershel Walker. Some of these people lived in cars, without, any bathroom facilities, shower facilities & yet they accomplished their goals. Stop enabling the losers to stay losers. If the losers don’t have anything educational to say, so be it. Why punish those who have done everything to be good citizens, good students, caring individuals. All of you should be so ashamed at your actions. Read your King James version of the Bible, where, God says, if you sin, you pay for your sins & if you do bad, you get bad, if you do nothing, you get nothing. He didn’t pick his creation due to color & divide the punishment based on skin color. He is the one who made the colors of human beings. He is the one who will dish out the punishment for all of you who are a part of destroying & dividing America. God knows & his judgements will be harsh, when standing before him. Simply pathetic that you that are supposedly so educated, yet show the world just how stupid are all of you.

    1. TOM says:

      Blondie’s comments are right on! There are too many woke or radical socialistic left wing nuts who like to over analyze everything to appease the minorities and brainwash the young generations.

    2. MillieK says:

      AMEN…. well said.

    3. szq says:

      VERY well stated!

  4. Tom says:

    The enrolled student population at Vassar College is 54.8% White, 11.8% Asian, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, 8.86% Two or More Races, 3.73% Black or African American, 0.041% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. The article says that almost all interviews were with white persons and that the article did not represent the non-white population which the magazine also serves. Why are the comments so white racists? All the article is saying is that by getting more non-white opinions it would make a better and more balanced article. What is your problem white people?

    1. Glen says:

      You can’t have it both ways. You see Joy Reid blasting white people. You see all the burning and destruction in the summer of love with BLM. All white people hear day in and day out is how evil white people are. Now Whoopie is calling on the royal family in GB to apologize for building their empire. I am sure the royal family give a rat’s @&& about Whoopie. Life was different then. Nothing that is done today will change what happened then. Every time someone draws attention to a slight or coddles or victimizes “people of color” just as this publishers of this article, the nation becomes more divided. It would have been better for the paper to just have added input from the people that were left out than to make a big deal about it the way they did. What? Were they seeking attaboys from the slighted. Too much drama too often and too publicized.

  5. BillR says:

    The bigger story is that Obama’s deportation policy caused such a controversy in the school all these years later.

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