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Stanford Student Newspaper Staff Must Take Anti-Bias Training Over Joke Tweet Deemed Racist

Stanford Student Newspaper Staff Must Take Anti-Bias Training Over Joke Tweet Deemed Racist

“I am so sorry for the harm it has caused the Black community and the students referenced in the tweet”

Comedy and wokeness cannot coexist. In the woke world, the only safe targets for ridicule are Trump and Republicans.

Campus Reform reports:

Stanford newspaper tweeted movie reference deemed racist; will now subject ENTIRE STAFF to ‘anti-bias training’

Stanford University’s student newspaper sent a controversial tweet about two Black students. Now, it is suspending its Twitter account and requiring the entire masthead to take anti-bias training.

As editor in chief of The Stanford Daily Erin Woo explained in a letter, the paper’s humor section, The Stanford Occasionally, sent a tweet linking the student government elections to the movie “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which was at the time a popular recent release.

Woo said the tweet was riffing off an alleged conflict between “two candidates, both of whom are Black, as a conflict between Kong and Godzilla” — a move that was deemed racist due to “the anti-Black history of the King Kong figure as a hyper-sexualized caricature of Black men.”

“I am so sorry for the harm it has caused the Black community and the students referenced in the tweet,” she wrote. “I also apologize that it took students from the Black community to raise concerns before The Daily took action on the tweet, and that our initial response to the community member who flagged the tweet was hasty and insensitive.”

Woo took “full responsibility” for the incident, making it clear that the tweet “was not written by humor writers or editors.” Nevertheless, the “entire editorial team” will undergo “anti-bias training” to “address the ignorance that was at the root of the tweet’s creation.”

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | May 17, 2021 at 2:44 pm

Are blacks that delicate? Or, is the Stanford administration that frightened of them?

Here is the major point: how can we have and encourage independent journalism if somebody can impose a sanction of this nature on the entire newletter staff? Universities are supposed to teach individual freedoms and responsibilities, the First Amendment, etc. Instead this is an over-reach in the opposite direction — group culpability for a tweet.

Does Stanford impose similar sanctions on the entire student government members when one member makes a tweet that could offend white male students?

    amatuerwrangler in reply to lawgrad. | May 17, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Where have you been? The only push for independent journalism or investigative journalism is coming from essentially, the right. Not far or uber right, just somewhat right of center. And all those people and their desires count for nothing in today’s academic world.

    And the answer to your closing query is yes.,

Better to be compared to Kong, than to Al Sharpton or George Floyd.

karl_lembke | May 18, 2021 at 4:59 am

I wonder which candidate admits to being referred to as King Kong, and which one is supposed to be represented by Godzilla.

Is the university going to produce a handbook listing the racial and ethnic associations of all kaiju, so people know what to avoid using?

History shows conclusively that Leland Stanford’s racism killed tens of thousands of Chinese slaves building his railroads.

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