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Maier '17: Columbian Exchange Day

Editors' Note: This column has been removed after it was unintentionally published due to an internal error. The column made a racist argument about how Native Americans should interpret the meaning of Columbus Day and its history. We apologize to our readers for the offensive claims made in the column and for the shortcomings of our editorial process. After initially deciding the column was suitable for publication, a couple of editors read the column late last night and decided not to publish it. We contacted our publisher but were unable to reach them, and they printed the issue with the column inside. The article was also online for about an hour before we took it down. Having said that, we should have identified the issues with the column earlier in the evening and avoided the last-minute change altogether. Because we never intended for the column to be published, we do not think it necessary for the text to remain online. The Herald is committed to an accurate and thoughtful opinions section, and we are taking steps to prevent similar issues in the future. Though we continue to strive to promote a venue for the free exchange of ideas, we do not and will not tolerate racism. We invite readers to send responses to


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