The Texan Editorial Staff wrote:
The cartoonist, Stephanie Eisner, no longer works for The Daily Texan.
However, the decision to run the cartoon showed a failure in judgment on the part of the editorial board. We have engaged in meaningful dialogue with many people who shared their concerns and outrage with us.
We made a mistake, and we understand that the outcome of our action extends beyond Tuesday's cartoon and prompts us to reflect on a larger problem that persists at The Daily Texan and on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, something we should have done before Tuesday's paper ran.
Now, with the third instance of national Longhorn embarrassment this year, we're finally reminded that the University enrolls students. They're there to learn. They will inevitably make mistakes and improve themselves.
Perhaps UT students have succeeded so much in recent years that our standards are extra high for the 40 Acres, and that's something for which Longhorns can be proud. But I highly doubt that this ruckus would have occurred if the cartoon appeared in The Battalion. And that's because Texas A&M, like the University of Texas, is made up of teenagers and other young adults who are still preparing themselves for the bigger and better parts of life. The Battalion and The Daily Texan are not major newspapers; they are student newspapers.
The criticism they receive is definitely deserved, but we should still cut them some slack. As you may note in the Texan's apology above, they've already noticed that the outcome of their “action extends beyond Tuesday's cartoon and prompts us to reflect on a larger problem.” Learning.
The Daily Texan also has a faculty adviser to teach them. Their adviser, who did not get a chance to see the cartoon before it was placed in the paper, stated in a note on Tuesday that “They're also finding out what it's like to be in the glare of the media spotlight. Having been there myself, I can assure you, it's a lesson that won't be lost on them.”
It's the University of Texas at Austin. Despite the bad press, it's still a school. Even College Republicans will likely see their mistakes as potential lessons. And then, when they're not students anymore, they'll all be better for it. As the world piles onto UT for its apparently racist population, let's remember that these people are supposed to be imperfect. That's why our government helps pay for their education, right?
Previously on BOR: