Jack-O's Letter Was Malicious to The Dartmouth Review

by Benjamin Patch | 11/7/97 6:00am

To the Editor:

In their Nov. 5 letter to The Dartmouth, the editors of our campus "humor" magazine revealed the same penchant for malicious defamation that has lately delivered their publication into common disrepute.

Panicked by the implications of their own actions, these editors have since attempted to pass the charges of racism from themselves and onto us. "[T]he Review," they alleged, "tends to print certain events or quotes out of context, in order to portray either minorities, homosexuals, or women's rights groups in a negative light." Such pernicious accusations are not only false but, much like the inflammatory "Dictionary," unjustifiable.

The Jack-O-Lantern purported to parody "the absurdity of The Review's subtle racism." Instead, its editors only perpetuated the same stereotypes they claimed to find in the writings of others.

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