It only took two weeks, but last Friday Psychology Today finally apologized for publishing Satoshi Kanazawa’s racist article on the attractiveness of Black women. Although Psychology Today claims the article “wasn’t approved” by the publication, Editor in Chief Kaja Perina took full responsibility for publishing such garbage.
Last week, a blog post about race and appearance by Satoshi Kanazawa was published–and promptly removed–from this site. We deeply apologize for the pain and offense that this post caused. Psychology Today’s mission is to inform the public, not to provide a platform for inflammatory and offensive material. Psychology Today does not tolerate racism or prejudice of any sort. The post was not approved by Psychology Today, but we take full responsibility for its publication on our site. We have taken measures to ensure that such an incident does not occur again. Again, we are deeply sorry for the hurt that this post caused.
Although I appreciate her sentiments, I am a bit dismayed that an article, especially one discussing race, can be published on their website without approval. Moreover, I am also curious as to why it took Perina and the Psychology Today staff 10 days to muster up an apology for such a distasteful and inflammatory article.
I wonder we didn’t stand up and demand an apology, would it have ever happened?