The College Fix thecollegefix.com 30 Dec, 2020 18:30 am

Emerson College activists demand student paper be defunded due to ‘racism, ableism’

Emerson College activists demand student paper be defunded due to ‘racism, ableism’
Another demand: paper's replacement should be 'anti-objective'

p p Student activists at Massachusetts’ pricey Emerson College recently demanded the school’s student paper be totally defunded, claiming it is “racist,” “ableist” and that its employees engage in discrimination.MORE: Emerson activists demand mandatory race trainings, scholarship quotas MORE: Student paper loses funding after critical Black Lives Matter op-ed IMAGE: Kristiana Gankevych / Shutterstock.’” The Beacon reports the Act followed a “semester of upheaval” over an article which allegedly “uplifted a white student’s experience with Black Lives Matter protests,” but failed to offer a student of color’s perspective.The Beacon’s upper management publicly committed to a number of changes to existing policy in September, including implementation of mandatory bias training for staff members and correspondents, a more democratic editor-in-chief and managing editor selection process, and an audit of the paper’s recent coverage.

The Beacon has since implemented a number of those changes, according to a letter published in the paper from current Editor-in-Chief Diti Kohli.” A former Beacon staffer claimed the paper doesn’t care “about amplifying marginalized voices or creating an inclusive and safe environment,” and added it “upholds [a] toxic news boys club environment.

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