After receiving backlash for suggesting that Black men should be home at a particular time, publishers of a small newspaper in California has apologized.
The River Valley Times, which serves the Rancho Murieta, CA community, published an opinion piece by Marcia Courson that discussed the shooting death of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police in March and how Black men should be home at a certain time, Newsweek reports.
“In Stephon’s situation, the cell phone he carried looked like a small black gun. Police have to be careful not to overreact and you black men might be better off at home after a certain hour,” Courson wrote.
"You black men might be better off at home after a certain hour." Opinion columnist Marcia Courson wrote this in an article about the #StephonClark shooting in the River Valley Times. On @FOX40 the publication apologizes for not proof reading it, says it made them sick. pic.twitter.com/4SUw5QwT1v
— Nicole Comstock (@ComstockNEWS) April 13, 2018
Dave Herburger, River Vallet Times publisher, accepted responsibility for the incident and told the Sacramento Bee that the piece was “not acceptable.” He said that the editor of the paper was out due to a family illness and he did not read the column before it was published, calling it “a complete miss.”
“It connotes Nazi Germany,” Herburger told the Bee. “Having a race-based curfew is totally unacceptable.”
Rancho Murieta is a predominately white town of 5000 residents. Eighty-Nine percent of residents belonging to the white community, while 1 percent—70 residents—are black, according to the five-year U.S. Census American Community Survey.
Herburger said that Courson is “very apologetic,” and will respond in the paper’s next issue.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.