- The Washington Times - Monday, April 2, 2001

American University's student-run weekly newspaper, the Eagle, is running an opinion piece today about why blacks should not receive reparations for slavery, written by conservative activist David Horowitz.
The 8,000-circulation newspaper has come under fire recently for not accepting a paid advertisement by Mr. Horowitz titled "Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Slavery is a Bad Idea and Racist Too" as other college publications had done.
Today's opinion piece is "milder" than the advertisement that has sparked nationwide debate about the issue, said Jennifer A. Kepka, the paper's editor.
Miss Kepka said she doesn't expect the article to cause the kind of outrage the advertisement has at other college campuses like Brown University, where the paper's editions were stolen and extra copies printed had to be guarded by campus security.
The editor at the University of California-Berkeley was criticized for running the advertisement, then writing a front-page apology. More than 30 schools have rejected the advertisement and 14 have run it.
Patrick Flanagan, the Eagle's business manager, said the paper was not trying to censor Mr. Horowitz's views. Instead, the paper was following a 7-year-old policy that bans any political advertising in the paper in turning away the full-page $1,000 ad.
Mr. Horowitz piece was allowed to run because it was submitted by university professor Alexander F. C. Webster. And while Mr. Webster is also given credit as an author of the piece, it was not clear how much of it he may have written.

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