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Who edited the 'hate blacks' column?

A new question is being asked in the week-long controversy over a column headlined “Why I Hate Blacks” in the Asian Week newspaper: Who decided to print the column?

It’s one thing for a 22-year-old writer to pen such a column, but what were the editors thinking when they decided to run it? That question was the focus of column by Jon Carroll of the Chronicle and it came up during a Town Meeting in Chinatown Friday that was called to deal with the controversy.

While Ted Fang, Asian Week’s editor at large, has been the newspaper’s spokesman during the controversy, the job of actually editing the weekly is that of Samson Wong, who has yet to explain publicly why he ran the column. In his column, Carroll tried to get into Wong’s head:

Above, AsianWeek’s editor-at-large Ted Fang, foreground right, listens as the Rev. Amos Brown, foreground left, speaks at a news conference in San Francisco on Wednesday (Feb. 28). Pictured at rear are Rev. Arnold Townsend, center, and Marie Franklin, vice president of the San Francisco NAACP. AP photo by Jeff Chiu.

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