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Onion's Apology is Not Accepted

Julianne Malveaux | 3/6/2013, 1:47 p.m.

Your company provides speakers to the colleges that will have you to, at no fee to the colleges, explain the difference between satire and offense. To notify interested colleges, it is my suggestion that your company take out a full page advertisement in Diverse Issues in Higher Education to both reprint your apology and offer the opportunity for your staff to meet on colleges.

Please note that, as a former president of an HBCU focused on women, I was repelled by your writer's comments. Taking them down and then apologizing is the simple way out for this offense. I call upon you to take proactive action to redress this wrong.

Let me also note that I have no invested interest in any of the organizations I have mentioned here (except that I am President Emerita of Bennett College for Women, and my association with young women makes this all the more offensive).

I am asking friends and colleagues to withdraw any support to The Onion until your apology is enhanced by action. I am also asking all women's and African American organizations to join my insistence that your apology is insufficient.

I do look forward to your response.

If you agree with me, please forward this column or your own letter to Chairman David Schafer (davidkschafer@gmail.com); President and CEO Steve Hannah (shannah@theonion.com)

COO Mike McAvoy (mmcavoy@theonion.com), publicfeedback@theonion.com, (312) 751-0503 Fax 312-751-4137, #200, 212 Superior St, Chicago, IL - 60611

If anyone from Chicago is reading, perhaps you could organize a picket outside their office! Sorry doesn't always make it right.

Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.