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Editor Apologizes For Running ‘White Death’ Opinion Piece

An editor for a student paper apologized for an op-ed a student journalist asserted that “white death will mean liberation for all,” according to a Wednesday report.

Rudy Martinez, a Texas State University student journalist for The University Star, wrote an article entitled “Your DNA Is An Abomination,” referring to the DNA of white people, reported The College Fix.

“The original intent of the column was to comment on the idea of race and racial identities,” said Denise Cervantes, The University Star’s editor-in-chief, in a statement. “We acknowledge that the column could have been clearer in its message and that it has caused hurt within our campus community. We apologize and hope that we can move forward to a place of productive dialogue on ways to bring our community together.”

The publication removed Martinez’s article from its website, but the writer still insists that the piece was not racist.

“Ontologically speaking, white death will mean liberation for all,” said Martinez in his column. “Accept this death as the first step toward defining yourself as something other than the oppressor. Until then, remember this: I hate you because you shouldn’t exist. You are both the dominant apparatus on the planet and the void in which all other cultures, upon meeting you, die.”

“Was the piece racist? Nope; racist attitudes come from a position of power,” said Martinez to The College Fix. “The only group who have ever held true power in this nation are those who call themselves ‘white.'”

The writer noted that his language, specifying the part where he claimed to have only met “12 decent white people” in his life, “could be deemed as hyperbolic (just barely),” but said that it started a dialogue and outed racists.

“The column’s central theme was abhorrent and is contrary to the core values of inclusion and unity that our Bobcat students, faculty, and staff hold dear,” said Denise M. Trauth, president of Texas State.

Martinez has published seven other posts on The University Star, the first of which was titled “100 Years Onward, The Russian Revolution Continues To Inspire.”

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