Apology from The Daily Texan Editorial Board

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Update: The cartoon was taken down from The Daily Texan website.

 

On Tuesday, a cartoon ran on the Opinion page of The Daily Texan that offended many readers, and we sincerely apologize for our decision to run it.

 

The cartoonist, Stephanie Eisner, no longer works for The Daily Texan.

 

However, the decision to run the cartoon showed a failure in judgment on the part of the editorial board. We have engaged in meaningful dialogue with many people who shared their concerns and outrage with us.

 

We made a mistake, and we understand that the outcome of our action extends beyond Tuesday’s cartoon and prompts us to reflect on a larger problem that persists at The Daily Texan and on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, something we should have done before Tuesday’s paper ran.

 

An expectation has developed over time at The Daily Texan that people will come to us with important issues. As a result, in recent years, we have failed to inject ourselves effectively into the University community.

 

This needs to change. This requires a fundamental shift in how we operate and will require us to actively engage with everyone in the community.

 

The Daily Texan will hold an open forum in the coming weeks to raise consciousness of race and diversity both at the Texan and on campus. We will require all Daily Texan employees to participate in a seminar each semester about the relationship between race and the media. We will also seek out and publish opinions that truly represent the views of the entire campus community. We understand these are only small steps in the much larger transformation we must undergo.

 

We sincerely apologize for publishing the offensive cartoon and for the harm that decision caused.

 

— The Daily Texan Editorial Board