- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Three Brown University leaders are urging a campus discussion of issues raised by two racially charged opinion columns in the newspaper.

Student Emma Maier wrote two opinion columns for the Brown Daily Herald. The paper apologized after they were published, saying they “crossed the line.”

The newspaper says the Oct. 5 article “The white privilege of cows” relied on the incorrect notion biological differences exist among races. It says the Oct. 6 article “Columbian Exchange Day” said Native Americans should be thankful for colonialism.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1PrynKH ) Provost Richard Locke, President Christina Paxson and Executive Vice President Russell Carey told faculty that “many members” of the university community found the columns offensive.

The trio called for conversations on race, gender, campus culture and climate and related topics.

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