- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 21, 2019

USA Today Editor-in-Chief Nicole Carroll penned an editorial Wednesday evening apologizing for her role in approving and publishing a photo of two people wearing blackface in Arizona State University’s 1988-89 yearbook.

In her editorial, Ms. Carroll admitted that she edited the yearbook that included a photo of two people at a Halloween party dressed as Mike Tyson and his then-wife, Robin Givens.

“There can be no debate about whether or not such images are racist and hurtful. They are,” Ms. Carroll wrote. “It is horrible, and of course the photo should not have been published.

“Clearly the 21-year-old me who oversaw the book and that page didn’t understand how offensive the photo was. I wish I had,” she continued. “Today’s 51-year-old me of course understands and is crushed by this mistake.”

Ms. Carroll, who graduated Arizona State in 1991, said she has no memory of publishing the photo but acknowledged “the hurt I caused back then and the hurt it will cause today.”



“I want to apologize publicly,” she wrote. “As journalists, we must hold ourselves accountable as we do others, and it is important to call myself out for this poor judgment.”

Arizona State also addressed the photo, saying in a statement that it is a “sad reminder that this kind of insensitivity was all too common in past decades.”

Ms. Carroll said the photo was discovered as part of a USA Today Network review of yearbooks, which analyzed 900 yearbooks published during the 1970s and 1980s at 120 schools across the country.

The review, which reportedly revealed more than 200 examples of offensive or racist material at colleges in 25 states, was prompted by the blackface scandals plaguing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and state Attorney General Mark Herrings, who are both Democrats.

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