People often do things they are not proud of and then try to hide in the darkness because they know if they take credit, they will be ostracized. For example, a few years ago, someone on the Doane campus sent a letter to a professor telling her to go home, that the college didn’t want her around. The professor is black. The Doane Owl ran a story and, though the person was never found, the professor stopped getting that type of correspondence.

Today, we have another example of people doing simply the wrong thing and trying to hide, to keep out of the spotlight. At the University of Alabama, sororities have blocked the chance for a student to join – simply because she is black. The Crimson White, the university’s newspaper, wrote a wonderful story – truly a fine piece of journalism – about this continuation of segregation 50 years after the March on Washington culminated in Martin Luther King’s rousing “I Have a Dream” speech.

The beautiful thing about reporting these types of stories is that news organizations can shine the light in the darkness, where the cockroaches of society dwell, and actually provide a needed service to the community. They can – and do – have a positive impact on society.