- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 30, 2017

A student-run newspaper for Texas State University has apologized for publishing a controversial op-ed, titled “Your DNA is an abomination,” that called for the death of whiteness.

“Ontologically speaking, white death will mean liberation for all,” student Rudy Martinez wrote in a column Tuesday for The University Star’s print edition. “To you goodhearted liberals, apathetic nihilists and right-wing extremists: accept this death as the first step toward defining yourself as something other than the oppressor.

“Until then, remember this: I hate you because you shouldn’t exist,” Mr. Martinez wrote. “You are both the dominant apparatus on the planet and the void in which all other cultures, upon meeting you, die.”

The op-ed was widely criticized as being racist toward white people. Student body president Connor Clegg, who called the piece “unacceptable” in a Facebook post Tuesday, said he planned to meet with university President Denise Trauth to discuss the issue, The College Fix reported.

Denise Cervantes, editor-in-chief of The University Star, issued a statement late Tuesday apologizing for publishing the piece.

“The column has received widespread criticism from readers, with many expressing that they find the author’s ideas to be racist,” she wrote. “The University Star’s opinion pages are a forum for students to express and debate ideas. While our publication does not endorse every opinion put forth by student columnists or guest contributors, as the editor I take responsibility for what is printed on our pages.

“The original intent of the column was to comment on the idea of race and racial identities,” Ms. Cervantes wrote. “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.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Martinez is standing behind his comments, telling The College Fix in an email Wednesday that it “accomplished its goal: starting a conversation and outing racists.”

“… Was the piece racist? Nope; racist attitudes come from a position of power,” Mr. Martinez said. “The only group who have ever held true power in this nation are those who call themselves ‘white.’ “

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