“apologize for allowing such views to be expressed so uncritically and should work to promote voices usually ignored by our white supremacist society”
To the school newspaper’s credit, they are not apologizing or backing down.
The College Fix reports:
Oberlin College paper refuses to apologize for article about local Republican leader
‘The Review should apologize for allowing such views to be expressed so uncritically and should work to promote voices usually ignored by our white supremacist society’
Oberlin College’s newspaper has no plans to apologize for criticism from a student who took issue with its interview with a local Republican Party leader.
Student Sam Beesley demanded that the Oberlin Review “apologize for allowing such views to be expressed so uncritically and should work to promote voices usually ignored by our white supremacist society.”
“The Review should give a platform to these voices, not perspectives espousing bigotry,” Beesley said.
The student opinion writer took issue with a short interview the campus newspaper published with David Arredondo (pictured), a former admissions director for the private Ohio college. Arrendondo is the executive chairman of the local Lorain County Republican Party and is also Hispanic. He recruited international students to come to Oberlin, according to his bio.
News editor Ella Moxley said that if someone takes issue with the interview they can choose to not read it.
“We published the interview with Arredondo to promote a much-needed dialogue between students and community members in this town,” Moxley said. “I am excited to hear that students read the interview and have thoughts on it, but we do not exist in a vacuum. There is value in making a diversity of opinions available to the public.”
“It is up to the individual student if they want to read or sit this one out,” Moxley wrote. She noted that the city of Oberlin does not have its own newspaper, so the campus paper is the de facto publication for the town in addition to the college.
The interview is a short profile centering on how Arredondo came to his beliefs, his experience at Oberlin and why he switched from a Democrat to a Republican.
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