I thought about and wrote so many different beginnings for this column. I wanted to talk about my first encounter with The Daily Tar Heel's social media policy when I was an incoming first year or my experiences in the office.
None of it felt right. This column isn’t about me or my experiences — actually the opposite. It’s about experiences I will never have nor understand, but ones that our newsroom is way too late to recognize and validate.
As the DTH’s new leader, I want to say I’m sorry. And make some promises.
We have done so many things wrong. We do not look like the communities we serve, both on UNC’s campus and in the town of Chapel Hill, and as a result, we lack their trust. This is completely justified.
We lack their trust because our lack of diversity causes us to have massive, traumatic blind spots. We’ve published articles that called bubble tea a “trend” and wrote an article about the history of theater on campus without mentioning the Black Arts Theatre Company.