AW issued posted this statement today on its website:
AsianWeek sincerely regrets and apologizes for publishing New York-based contributor Kenneth Eng’s column in the issue of February 23, 2007. AsianWeek rejects Eng’s biased views on a critical segment of American society, African Americans.
While AsianWeek continues to truly believe in diversity of opinion and freedom of the press, we are also very aware that the promotion of hate speech is not appropriate, nor should it be encouraged.
Given that the genesis of the American civil rights movement was borne primarily by the African American community through blood and perseverance, the failing of our editorial process in allowing this opinion piece to go forward, was an insensitive and callous mistake that should never have been made by our publication.
We will be reviewing that editorial process and making any changes necessary to prevent this from ever happening again.
The condemnation of this serious lapse in editorial judgment was rightfully taken by civic and community leaders and organizations including Congressman Mike Honda, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Readers of AsianWeek over the past 27-year history clearly know that we reject any racist agenda. To the contrary, our editorial policy has led the way in interracial and multicultural strength and diversity.
As a publication whose motto is the “voice of the Asian American community” we are humbled and overwhelmed at reader response not only chastising our editorial process, but strongly urging our paper to sever all ties to this contributor. We have heard the call and Mr. Eng has been suspended from writing for the paper.
In the future we will take extra steps to ensure that while diversity of opinion remains a constant pillar in AsianWeek editorial policy, promotion of hate speech of any kind will not and should not ever be tolerated. These steps shall be our ironclad resolve as we start anew in this auspicious Lunar New Year of the Boar.