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Black Leaders Demand Apology For Editorial Cartoon
WKMG TV NEWS ^ | 8-22-2007

Posted on 08/22/2007 7:59:53 AM PDT by Cagey

An editorial cartoon in last Friday's Florida Times-Union depicting a gunman wearing a T-shirt saying "Don't Snitch" continues to draw criticism, with some black leaders calling for an apology, the firing of the cartoonist and other demands, according to a WJXT-TV report in Jacksonville.

Two young children drawn in the cartoon say "I didn't see nuttin'!" Then the gunman says, "Now that's a good little ho!

In a letter sent to all Jacksonville television stations as well as the newspaper, the Jacksonville Leadership Coalition called the cartoon "racist, culturally insensitive and degrading to African-American women."

In addition to the apology, the group also called for the firing of cartoonist Ed Gamble, the hiring of a person of African-American descent for the newspaper's editorial board and a meeting with black leaders to "resolve the issue," WJXT-TV reported.

The letter quotes the Rev. Rudolph McKissick Jr., who described the cartoon as "insensitive to African American women, children and the community."

In Sunday's Times-Union, editorial page editor Mike Clark said that while he reviewed and approved the cartoon, he admits that "Using the word 'ho' was bad judgment, and I regret that I did not edit it out."

The newspaper's reader advocate quoted Gamble as saying that while he appreciated that the term was demeaning to women, he said, "I was making a point that rappers are demeaning to women."

In the background of the cartoon, a billboard displays: "Rap your life away."

Dr. Juan Gray, chairman of the board of the SCLC's Jacksonville chapter, called for the Times-Union to apologize for its poor judgment.

"After the apology, we can move toward reconciliation.

The letter was signed by Richard Burton, national board member of the NAACP, Desmond Muhammad, president of the Jacksonville branch of the SCLC, Marcus Muhammad of the National of Islam and Edward Preston, president of the Jacksonville Leadership Coalition.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: edgamble; floridatimesunion; ghettoculture; hurtfeelings; insensitivecartoon; jacksonville; justicebrothers; killingoeson; liberalism; naaclp; nappyheadedho; politicalcorrectness; racehustlers; rap; stopsnitching; streetcarnage; urbanamerica
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1 posted on 08/22/2007 7:59:53 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Cagey

The truth hurts.


2 posted on 08/22/2007 8:01:18 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Cagey

Art imitates reality...


3 posted on 08/22/2007 8:01:33 AM PDT by Snardius
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To: Cagey

I’m still waiting for the apologies due to Condi Rice... (sound of crickets chirping)


4 posted on 08/22/2007 8:01:56 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Cagey

“Resolve the issue”? Whistle past the graveyard.


5 posted on 08/22/2007 8:02:58 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Cagey
Jacksonville Leadership Coalition called the cartoon "racist, culturally insensitive and degrading to African-American women."

And rap music isn't?

6 posted on 08/22/2007 8:03:26 AM PDT by mort56
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To: Cagey
Increasing selective outrage from the 'appointed' community leaders.
7 posted on 08/22/2007 8:04:30 AM PDT by nctexan
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To: Cagey

Al and Jesse chartering jets and putting on new custom made suits as you read this.


8 posted on 08/22/2007 8:04:41 AM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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To: rhombus
When did apologies gain the prominence they have today? Is the deal today that you can say or do the most outrageous things, but as long as you apologize later, everything is hunky-dorie?

Regardless, so many of the things that people are apologizing for saying needed to be said.

9 posted on 08/22/2007 8:05:01 AM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: Cagey

This is a major problem in Boston. The murder rate is up and the people in the neighborhoods where this is happening are not co-operating with the police. There are T shirts being some with “Stop Snitching” on them...


10 posted on 08/22/2007 8:05:41 AM PDT by seamusnh
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To: Cagey
racist, culturally insensitive and degrading to African-American women."

CULTURALLY INSENSITIVE????? Please, Black Women are the last chance the poor urban blacks have of ever changing their plight.. because ghetto black men by and large, sure as hell will never lift themselves or their neighbors up.. and those women let the guys who call the HO's into their lives... So don't give me this "cultural sensitivitity" nonsense.

Ghetto "culture" has no culture at all, which is why it perpetuates by and large GHETTO!

Ghetto blacks don't want to be mocked, stop acting like a$$clowns.

Pull up your pants, get an education, marry your women and raise your kids.

11 posted on 08/22/2007 8:05:41 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Cagey

“The letter was signed by Richard Burton, national board member of the NAACP, Desmond Muhammad, president of the Jacksonville branch of the SCLC, Marcus Muhammad of the National of Islam...”

A bunch of guys named “Muhammad” getting bent out of shape by a cartoon that hits too close to home. Whoda thunk it?


12 posted on 08/22/2007 8:06:17 AM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Cagey
"Using the word 'ho' was bad judgment, and I regret that I did not edit it out."

They would have settled for bit¢hes...

13 posted on 08/22/2007 8:06:34 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: Cagey
"... Desmond Muhammad, president of the Jacksonville branch of the SCLC...

How does a guy named Muhammad become president of the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference?

14 posted on 08/22/2007 8:06:37 AM PDT by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: Cagey
and other demands

Meaning, give us some money, b.

15 posted on 08/22/2007 8:06:43 AM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Cagey

At least the gunman didn’t say, “Now that’s a good little nappy-headed ho!”


16 posted on 08/22/2007 8:06:43 AM PDT by NRA1995 (To Congress and Mr. President: This is OUR country, and don't you forget it!)
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To: seamusnh
This is a major problem in Boston.

And, in Philadelphia too.

Bill Cosby has been hammering away on this very subject and I wonder if anyone is really listening.

17 posted on 08/22/2007 8:08:03 AM PDT by Cagey (Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.......Thoreau)
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To: basil

“Is the deal today that you can say or do the most outrageous things, but as long as you apologize later, everything is hunky-dorie?”

Yep, it is. Check some sports blogs for the “Vick has apologized so everything is cool” crowd.


18 posted on 08/22/2007 8:08:07 AM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: rhombus

Dang! Ya beat me to it.


19 posted on 08/22/2007 8:08:23 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: dfwgator
15 year old gunned down, murdered because of attempting"snitching."

http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=615882&category=FRONTPG&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=8/22/2007

20 posted on 08/22/2007 8:08:42 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Cagey
the group also called for the firing of cartoonist Ed Gamble, the hiring of a person of African-American descent for the newspaper's editorial board and a meeting with black leaders to "resolve the issue"

How is this not the same kind of extortion depicted by the cartoon?

21 posted on 08/22/2007 8:09:10 AM PDT by NRA1995 (To Congress and Mr. President: This is OUR country, and don't you forget it!)
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To: Cagey

Must have really struck a nerve!


22 posted on 08/22/2007 8:10:36 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: dfwgator

“The truth hurts.”

You nailed it!


23 posted on 08/22/2007 8:11:10 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: Cagey

Only one inaccuracy in that cartoon — rappers don’t use revolvers.


24 posted on 08/22/2007 8:11:23 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo (There are four types of homicide: felonious, accidental, justifiable, and praiseworthy)
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To: johnny7; Cagey
They would have settled for bit¢hes...

25 posted on 08/22/2007 8:11:23 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Cagey
After the Apology "we" can move twards reconsiliation.


26 posted on 08/22/2007 8:13:29 AM PDT by PEACE ENFORCER (One needs to have the capability of using Deadly Force at ANY moment.......:))
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To: Ditto

Very strange.


27 posted on 08/22/2007 8:14:21 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Cagey

still waiting for that appology to the duke lacross players.

Are they upset that it is accurate or are they upset because it is only precise.


28 posted on 08/22/2007 8:14:33 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Cagey
This is exactly like the Black Mayor of Newark NJ defending his sanctuary policies last night on FOX.

No snitching on illegal scum (because I may be able to get their vote).

So I guess it is OK to let crimes be committed and not inform the authorities as long as the perp is of color. However, if whitey does anything scream like a stuck pig.

29 posted on 08/22/2007 8:15:28 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Islam or lawyers. Which one is lower on the food chain?)
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To: Cagey

Apparently they didn’t get the meaning of the cartoon. It is not insulting, nor is it actually calling anyone a ho. It is pointing out hypocrisy and the failure of the rule of law when culture works against it.


30 posted on 08/22/2007 8:19:08 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Cagey

Why don’t we just get it over with and apologise for breathing and kill ourselves? (After changing our wills and leaving everything to the extortionists). I bet the paper caves, they always do.


31 posted on 08/22/2007 8:22:29 AM PDT by mrsmel
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To: Cagey

I guess it is time to add the word ‘ho’ to the ever expanding list of words that whitey is forbidden to use.


32 posted on 08/22/2007 8:29:57 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Cagey

They want an apology but won’t correct the problem that prompted the drawing.


33 posted on 08/22/2007 8:33:23 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: HamiltonJay
You forgot “Get A Job!”.
34 posted on 08/22/2007 8:33:24 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Cagey

Other than the “ho” comment, the problem is true. I was researching gun deaths in Chicago following Barack Obama’s declaration that almost 3 dozen youths have been killed by “assault rifles” this year, and I found numerous mentions in Chicago media about how after a shooting, the witnesses would not cooperate with police. They didn’t see nuttin’.


35 posted on 08/22/2007 8:43:16 AM PDT by Sender (A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.)
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To: Cagey

After reading who the complainers were, I have to ask just how many folks in the black community actually saw and read the offending editorial cartoon before it was pointed out to them?

How many times is the word “ho” used by comedians on the BET and nothing is ever said?


36 posted on 08/22/2007 8:49:38 AM PDT by miele man (Continually voting against iodine deficient libs for 42 years)
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To: ConservaTexan
I guess it is time to add the word ‘ho’ to the ever expanding list of words that whitey is forbidden to use.

Why would one want to use the word anyway? Wh*r* is basically what it means or even in it rawest context "HOLE". This is something anyone with any raising whatsoever would naturally know not to use in public conversation.

37 posted on 08/22/2007 8:59:28 AM PDT by LowOiL (Make yourself a Duncan Hunter T-Shirt and wear it proudly to work...)
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To: Cagey
After the apology, we can move toward reconciliation.

On second thought, how about this: No apology, no reconciliation. Black gang culture needs confronted and punched in the face, not appeased. If it was up to me, they would get their apology about the same time they got their reparations, in other words never.
38 posted on 08/22/2007 8:59:52 AM PDT by steel_resolve (Club the wicked.)
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To: seamusnh

“There are T shirts being sold with “Stop Snitching” on them...”

Same here in Pittsburgh.


39 posted on 08/22/2007 9:03:22 AM PDT by Marathoner 244
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To: LowOiL
Why would one want to use the word anyway?

Agreed. The next time I use this word in its intended context, will be the first. I am amazed at how much time is wasted fighting over words. The black community has laid claim to 'ho' the 'N' word and other terms, and homosexuals are trying to stake a claim on the word 'marriage'. All this bickering over language really distracts from the issue at hand, which is the decay of American culture.

40 posted on 08/22/2007 9:24:41 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Cagey; All

The following is a very interesting read:

2 Killings, Dozens of Witnesses, No Closure
Threats Blamed In Acquittals In Pr. George’s

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/12/AR2007081201139.html

[”We believe that witness intimidation allowed these defendants to elude justice,” spokesman Ramon Korionoff wrote in an e-mail response to questions.]


41 posted on 08/22/2007 9:35:35 AM PDT by khnyny (The best minds are not in government. If they were, business would hire them away. Ronald Reagan)
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To: seamusnh

It’s happening everywhere.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/12/AR2007081201139.html


42 posted on 08/22/2007 9:37:55 AM PDT by khnyny (The best minds are not in government. If they were, business would hire them away. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Cagey

I don’t understand, since a lot is crime is black on black, what is to be gained by not snitching?


43 posted on 08/22/2007 9:42:29 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: caver
I don’t understand, since a lot is crime is black on black, what is to be gained by not snitching?

Staying alive comes to mind.

44 posted on 08/22/2007 9:47:38 AM PDT by Bob
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To: longtermmemmory

The Duke lacrosse players will get their apology just before Dan Rather apologizes to President Bush for using the forged documents about his National Guard service.


45 posted on 08/22/2007 9:50:35 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Cagey
Amazing... the NAACLP is more upset over a cartoon that depicts the truth about black urban life than it is about thousands of blacks being killed daily in our urban killing fields. Which hurts more - a cartoon or people mindlessly murdering each other? You can't make this up and this is a perfect illustration of the twisted thinking of the liberal mindset. The cartoonist should be commended for telling it like it is - the truth the every one seeks to avoid.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

46 posted on 08/22/2007 9:54:21 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mort56
They should clean up their own house before yelling "racism!"

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

47 posted on 08/22/2007 9:55:49 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: johnny7
Nappy headed "ho." The NAACLP's new "N" word.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

48 posted on 08/22/2007 9:57:33 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: NRA1995
Its EXACTLY the same thing. The newspaper should stand up to the race hustlers. Ed Gamble's sole crime is being politically incorrect in penning that cartoon.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

49 posted on 08/22/2007 9:59:37 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged
You got dat right, bro. They run around defending the same culture that is destroying African American manhood. You'd think they would be more outraged at the black corpses pilling up in the cemeteries, cut down in their prime of youth. It would be outrageous if it wasn't so funny.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

50 posted on 08/22/2007 10:02:50 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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