Last week, a piece written by columnist Joanna DelBuono addressed the controversial and emotional issue of Confederate statues and was published with an inappropriate and unnecessarily inflammatory headline. The result was something that does not reflect the views and values of Community News Group, and management subsequently decided to remove the column from the Brook
As the largest local news organization in the New York State, we take the responsibility of informing our readers extremely seriously, and we apologize for allowing it to have appeared on one of our websites for even one second.
We pledge to our readers that this will not happen again.
The Community News Group and our sister publications at NYC Community Media have and always will condemn the actions of those that preach hate and profess the use of violence as a means to an end.
But we hope our readers resist the urge to judge us on this one incident. Our publications, read by all ethnicities and creeds, have a history of celebrating the rich diversity in this melting pot that is New York City. And our company has routinely celebrated those throughout the boroughs who have done the things that make this city great.
Through events like our Women of Distinction Awards in Brooklyn and the Bronx, Caribbean Healthcare Awards and Caribbean Impact Awards, Queens Impact Awards, Queens Immigration Awards, and Gay City News Impact Awards, we not only talk the talk, we walk the walk.
We sincerely regret this unfortunate episode and pledge to consistently honor our responsibilities to all of New York’s communities.