The student newspaper at Texas State University has published a controversial article addressed to “white people”. The title? “Your DNA is an abomination”.
Obviously, the article was met with uproar from students and staff alike, leading to the student paper The University Star to issue an apology.
The apology came in the form of a letter from the editor, acknowledging the “widespread criticism” the column received. Editor-in-Chief Denise Cervantes claimed “The University Star’s opinion pages are a forum for students to express and debate ideas.”
“The original intent of the column was to comment on the idea of race and racial identities,” Cervantes asserted in her letter. “We acknowledge that the column could have been clearer in its message and that it has caused hurt within our campus community. We apologize and hope that we can move forward to a place of productive dialogue on ways to bring our community together.”
Despite being removed from their online platform, the papers are still being distributed around campus, calling for the death of “whiteness.”
Author of the controversial article, Rudy Martinez, wrote in the paper he had only ever met a few white people he deemed “decent.” The final words of his article are particularly harrowing: “Remember this: I hate you because you shouldn’t exist. You are both the dominant apparatus on the planet and the void in which all other cultures, upon meeting you, die.”
“I see white people as an aberration,” Martinez asserted, however he later claimed, speaking with KXAN, he was referring to an ideology rather than the individuals themselves.
“The idea of whiteness and the way we currently understand it in which you have white privilege, you have our system of mass incarceration, you have a history of slavery in this country followed by Jim Crow,” Martinez told KXAN.
“Mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow. These are all ideas born out of whiteness; they were born out of the minds of white people. So that, I do see as an aberration.”
Growing up in Miami, Martinez claimed he seldom interacted with white people until he reached his 20s.
“It wasn’t until I moved to Texas four years ago that I had my initial interaction with white people,” he told KXAN. “I guess you could say that I’m still suffering from cultural shock.”
WTF is this racist trash Texas State University!!!???!! pic.twitter.com/LxrQv42TYI
— Kekistani Samurai (@DeploraSamurai) November 30, 2017
The University Star’s Faculty Advisor Laura Krantz told KSAT she does not review submissions to the paper unless she is specifically asked to.
“Public university student newspapers are protected by the First Amendment, which means that student editors have complete editorial control over what they choose to publish without government interference,” Krantz said speaking with KSAT.
Krantz continued to say her code of ethics forbids her from personally preventing or peviewing the publication of any content in the paper.
It is truly sad to see that we have individuals here at Texas State University who hate other Bobcats simply because of their skin color. This article does not represent our university and the vast majority of individuals here at our university.https://t.co/cmvrEHQaJK
— YCT TXST (@YCT_TXST) November 28, 2017
Texas State student Andrew Homann told Campus Reform: “I am saddened by the fact that The University Star, my school’s paper funded by tuition and tax dollars, would give a platform to racism, bigotry and hatred.”
“While this individual has every right to express his disgusting world-view, this rhetoric does not belong in any publication, anywhere.”
The university’s president, Denise Trauth, addressed the matter in a Facebook post. She claimed the article completely contradicted the values of the university and donned it “racist.”
Speaking to KXAN, Martinez said: “Let’s leave the racist attacks out of this. I don’t think my piece is racist at all. I don’t think colored people can be racist, I think racist attitudes come from a position of power.”
Martinez had set out to get people to start conversations and to “out” racists through his fiery column. Judging by the response, he’s succeeded.