The University of Colorado student newspaper's staff will undergo diversity training and meet other measures outlined Thursday by CU officials in response to a column published earlier this week that said Asian people should be rounded up, "hog-tied" and "forced to eat bad sushi."Specifically, the paper will "schedule a series of diversity-awareness workshops for the entire staff with the CU Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, with participation of professional journalists of color."
And, of course, a lesson has been learned:
"I'm confident that the current crop of editors has begun to develop a new, more nuanced understanding of the delicate balance between absolute free speech and journalistic social responsibility," [j-school dean Paul] Voakes wrote. "I also want to apologize on behalf of the school for the upset that our student publication has created."CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard was unctuous: "I think they learned words have power to wound and to hurt."
God, what a school.
Update: Slapstick Politics wonders, "Where are the Ward Churchill acolytes to defend Karson's free speech protections?"