BOSTON — Brown University students stole the entire press run of an issue of the Brown Daily Herald in an apparent protest of an ad denouncing reparations for slavery that appeared in an earlier edition.
Herald staff members Friday physically restrained a mob of students who tried to force their way into the newspaper's office and destroy the remaining 100 copies of Friday's newspaper. The protesters pounded on the door and demanded an apology and financial amends for the ad in Tuesday's editions, The Boston Globe reported Saturday.
The advertisement had a headline that said, "Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Slavery is a Bad Idea and Racist Too" and a layout that was similar to the Bill of Rights. It stated that black Americans owed the United States more than it owed them.
The Herald became the first Ivy League newspaper to print the ad from conservative theorist David Horowitz. It had been rejected by at least 18 college newspapers, including the Columbia Daily Spectator, the Harvard Crimson, and UMass-Amherst's Massachusetts Daily Collegian. Of those that ran it, at least four quickly apologized.
The newspaper on Thursday issued a statement defending its decision to print the ad.
Leaders of Brown's minority student associations demanded that the newspaper donate the $725 fee received from the advertiser to campus minority projects and issue a formal statement of regret.