The California Aggie | March 2, 2001
TO MEMBERS of the UC Davis campus community:
In Wednesday's edition of The California Aggie an advertisement ran on page 7 entitled, "Ten reasons why reparations for slavery is a bad idea - and racist too." On behalf of The Aggie I apologize for this advertisement's publication.
Much concern has been raised in our community and within this office. I am writing to you today to explain the circumstances surrounding its publication.
The Aggie has policies delineating how to handle advertisements and other controversial materials. Our policies specifically recognize the importance of the Principles of Community. Unfortunately, in this instance that policy was not followed. The advertisement did not run through the proper channel of authorization and as such appeared in the final edition, without the approval of a manager.
Because the advertisement violates our own policies, it would not have been approved for publication had it gone through the proper channels. Furthermore, The Aggie will not be accepting payment for this advertisement.
The Aggie staff takes great pride in its work and is saddened by this grievous mistake on our behalf. It is an embarrassment not only for the newspaper, but the university community at large.
In our current campus climate we all strive to create an open and welcoming environment as our Principles of Community so proudly declare. It is clear to all of us that Wednesday's mistake only hinders that effort.
Consequently, I and other Aggie managers are taking steps to craft a more stringent set of operating procedures to assure that such lamentable errors do not occur in the future.
Again, we sincerely apologize.