Warning: This piece includes sexually explicit content.
I wasn’t surprised when I got a call from the local newspaper telling me it wouldn’t run my editorial featuring graphic sex excerpts from a controversial teen book. The parts I included were definitely disgusting and over-the-top — no question. The South Bend Tribune’s editorial page editor, Alesia I. Redding, told me over the phone, “We’re not going to print these things. … We don’t print those things in a family newspaper.”
Exactly. That’s why moms and dads don’t want “those things” in the family sections of our public library either.
Just days before, Redding and the two others on her editorial board, Executive Editor Ismail Turay Jr. and Enterprise Editor Cory Havens, defended Indiana’s St. Joe