Dear Editor,

Black lives matter. It is a travesty that this still apparently needs to be said over and over. There are still too many tragic premature deaths that can be directly traced to the shameful legacy of racism in American history. Violent unrest is sometimes necessary for achieving justice. However, history shows that when it lacks a focus, such unrest makes the situation worse. By contrast, when it has a clear focus, it can achieve great things.

Daily Lobo comics for June 28, 2020.

In 2011, the Daily Lobo published a cartoon depicting then-President Barack Obama as a monkey. It wasn’t our best moment. Unfortunately, it wasn’t our worst, either.

Throughout our history as the independent student-run newspaper at the University of New Mexico, we have printed the n-word, never had a Black editor-in-chief and run an editorial in 1982 that asserted that “minorities are academically inferior to whites.”

To this day, we struggle with how to attract and retain reporters and editors of color. We struggle to decide which stories to chase and publish. We struggle to get quotes from people who aren’t like our predominantly white staff and to center the voices of those most impacted by the stories we cover instead of those with the most power. And, we also struggle to decide which parts of a story to highlight and which to downplay.

Daily Lobo comics for June 24, 2020.

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