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An apology to our community

An apology to our community

The cartoon that ran in the Friday, Oct. 19 issue of the Rochester Business Journal should never have been published. We take full responsibility and apologize for our mistake. It does not reflect the views of this publication or its staff.

We do not condone racist or hateful content in any way and are very sorry for running this offensive cartoon. This is not what we stand for.

We take this matter very seriously and are putting new processes in place to ensure this never happens again. It’s critical we do things differently. Going forward, there are new procedures for how all RBJ content is approved and finalized before hitting the press or website.

We understand the community’s reaction and apologize for offending our readers. We are listening and learning from our mistake.

We have begun reaching out to various local organizations to seek their input on how we can better educate our staff to understand different viewpoints and to provide more opportunities for diverse voices in our publication. We have already had discussions with the Out Alliance. We will be working with them to give our staff new training and to provide a regular voice in our publication to members of the LGBTQ community.

We are also engaging with other organizations to help us grow from this incident and to support and promote the different communities who contribute to business in Rochester.

We believe that diversity and inclusion are vital to our community and want to ensure our readers that we are doing everything we can to make this right. I welcome continuing the conversation about this issue via email, phone or in person. I can be reached at [email protected] or (585) 232-6922.