Recently, it has been brought to our attention that some people have an issue with our coverage, and think we are unequal in our coverage of racial groups on campus.
As an example, we did not have coverage of Avraye Henry winning Homecoming Queen, and a comment suggested that we should have covered the crowning because she was the first African-American Homecoming Queen since 2004.
Saying that we should give her more coverage on winning the award because of her race in itself suggests a form of racism. We would be treating her differently due to her race. We should have run her photo because she won Homecoming Queen, not because she was an African-American Homecoming Queen.
We treat every student as a member of the Valdosta State University community, when it came to not covering Homecoming Queen it was completely unintentional.
When the staff puts the paper together we are always focused on covering more immediate news that the student body may know.
Our first priority as journalists is to report the truth of news that is happening on campus and that is what we do.
At VSU, every student is treated on the same level with the work they accomplish in classes. In fact it is required by law. We hold ourselves to that same requirement.We choose what stories to run based on newsworthiness not by any other standards.
Not to say racism does not exist, of course. It does. It always will. But, the main reason it does occur is due to ignorance.
Prejudice stems from people assuming that one aspect of a person defines that person or a group of people. To think that a person’s skin color, sexuality, religion or gender is a full representation of that person is a silly opinion that is born out of ignorance and, sadly, leads to people acting on that misconception.
The great thing about being human is that we are complicated. We are a culmination of our interests, backgrounds, experiences and ambitions. College is a result of that, and is the definitive place where people are able to grow, become more educated, discover their place in the world, and ultimately decide how they want to impact the world once they graduate with whatever type of degree their hard work went into.
The point is that in a place like Valdosta State, where education, is the main goal we need to stop dwelling on the issues of the past. We are the generation that has the power to shape the future of the world and to do that we need to progress.
To achieve progression we need to accept who each person is and concentrate on the new social challenges. To help with acceptance of everyone, focus on the positive of each person.
If you continuously look for the negative you are going to find it, nobody is perfect. There is always good and bad in everything. People shouldn’t focus one aspect of a person, be more positive and ultimately work together. Coexistence is possible.
This editorial was written by Molly Duett (firstname.lastname@example.org) and it expresses the opinion of the entire editorial staff.