Students March on Crimson to Protest Article

About 50 students marched yesterday from the Science Center to The Harvard Crimson building to protest perceived ethnic stereotyping in "The Invasian," an opinion piece published in last Thursday's edition of Fifteen Minutes (FM).

The feature, by Crimson staff writer Justin G. Fong '03, protested perceived self-segregation by Asian-American students at Harvard.

But participants in yesterday's "March for Responsible Journalism and Respect" said that the piece went too far, casting Asian-American students in stereotypical roles. Many protesters also said the piece reflected insensitivity on the part of The Crimson toward minorities on campus.

A statement by four Crimson executives, printed yesterday, said the Crimson does not edit opinion pieces for content and that the views oppressed were Fong's alone.

But those participating in yesterday's march said they were unsatisfied with The Crimson's explanation.

"I'm upset because The Crimson and FM edit stuff all the time," protest organizer William L. "Lonnie" Everson '02 said. "This time there was a lapse in judgment."

Nearly 100 students gathered at noon in front of the Science Center, and departed for The Crimson at 12:15. March organizers raised signs reading "We Want Responsible Journalism," and "Journalism, Not Racism."

The group walked from the Science Center, past Widener Library, and across Massachusetts Avenue toward The Crimson building on Plympton St.