The front page story was related a general black equality protest that took place two weeks ago before the schools homecoming football game. The mostly black protesters held signs that said things like “Don’t Shoot” and “Hands Up,” which harken back to police shootings across the nation that involve unarmed black men.
The paper’s front page had the phrases, “I don’t care about niggers” and “fuck you all,” which were quotes taken from the story that were supposedly said by other students to the protesters.
Editor-in-Chief Trevor Mitchell told media blogger Jim Romenesko that the “vast majority” of the feedback he has received has been positive. “Many protesters have retweeted the story and the front page image saying that they’re happy that we’re showing the truth of what was said to students protesting on their own campus,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s ever appropriate to use the N-word in a headline,” university President Clif Smart told the Springfield News-Leader. “But it’s their paper. We are not going to censor a student paper.”
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