Another former "Backpage" has written in to Mads, this time responding to the Misc's Editors' Note posted earlier tonight. Here is what the '09er has to say:
"In their upcoming official public statement, the editors of the Misc publicly say 'that in the past the image and credibility of the newspaper has been tarnished due to continuously-printed material which some believed expressed racist, classist, sexist, homophobic or anti-Semitic view.' This is beyond words. I am shocked and disgusted at how low they will stoop by suggesting we are bigots.
Of the past three writers of the Backpage, all are firmly committed to social equality, at least one is an avowed socialist, all three are strong feminists, all three are queer allies and two are Jewish.
I am disgusted. Truly disgusted. And if this was a real newspaper, and it's not, this would be considered libel. Of course how would a bunch of 19-year-olds understand that?
Unfortunately, the humor, at least in the Backpages I worked on, was above the heads of the Misc exec board, who gain the positions not through merit and intelligence but rather by just showing up enough to meetings. If the Exec Board thought that we meant any of those identity politics jokes, then they are the ones who are truly ignorant."