A controversial advertisement that ran in the Northern Kentucky University student newspaper drew criticism from readers and an inquiry from a local news station, prompting the Northerner to pull the ad from its pages. The ad had been placed by Resistance Records, a music company that supports white supremacy.
The Northerner ran an apology last week for publishing the advertisement twice. Several concerned readers had complained to the student paper. The editor said the decision to pull the ad came after researching Resistance Records, a company associated with the National Alliance, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
"While it is not illegal to run ads of this nature, we at the Northerner see it as an ethical issue," Northerner Editor in Chief Tim Owens writes in the published apology. "We do not wish to be in business with groups or organizations that promote any form of racism, sexism, ageism, or any other form of discrimination. While issues of this nature are dependent on who runs the Northerner each semester, it was my decision that the paper—for this semester—will not advertise with this business or other businesses like it.
"Please know that we did not intend to offend anyone, and will pay closer attention to the ads we run in the future."