“When I was consulting with our managing editor and our opinion editors about whether or not to publish it, we knew there would be a pretty strong response from the campus,” said [the newspaper’s editor, Katherine Krueger]. “I think it’s important to stare something ugly in the face every once in a while to be reminded that there’s still a lot of work to do.”Okay. Stare at "something ugly" and do some "work."
ADDED: Here's the student's letter, with comments. Please read it and try to understand why it is stirring people up so much.
ALSO: Here's the full text of Krueger's response.