Discourse / Letters / January 31, 2018

Letter to the Editor: I want to apologize

Recently, I have made some comments regarding the role the media plays in informing the public, specifically calling out TKS in doing so. Through my critique of the discourse section, I used emails as evidence of TKS enacting their policy without censoring the name of who they were from. I unintentionally blurred the lines between an entity and a person. I am sorry for the pain this may have caused and I, by no means, wanted the safety of my fellow students to come into question because of my actions.
I used the rejection of someone else’s creation and my own (crappy) comic to shoehorn an issue that was far more complex than the comic. Last week’s issue spoke on how some students have practiced self-censorship for the sake of not starting a debate which struck a personal chord and pushed me into action.

TKS is very accepting of controversial topics; I have submitted plenty myself. I let the fear of editing for content and rejection of new ideas evolve into TKS acting maliciously and using this power to further enforce the liberal biases on campus. I let my own biases, relationships, and perception of reality keep me from making an objective point and for that I am sorry.

I am truly thankful for the thoughtful and respectable comments from everyone I have talked to since then as this was an important learning moment for me. I have a better understanding of how the campus, and myself, view our newspaper as well as how my behavior affects those around me. My only hope is that students continue to speak up for themselves because their work and ideas, no matter how controversial, deserve to be heard.

Joseph Peterson

TKS Staff

Tags:  censorship discourse safety tks

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