Skip to comments.Black Leaders Demand Apology For Editorial Cartoon
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.
The truth hurts.
Art imitates reality...
I’m still waiting for the apologies due to Condi Rice... (sound of crickets chirping)
“Resolve the issue”? Whistle past the graveyard.
And rap music isn't?
Al and Jesse chartering jets and putting on new custom made suits as you read this.
Regardless, so many of the things that people are apologizing for saying needed to be said.
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...
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.
“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?
They would have settled for bit¢hes...
How does a guy named Muhammad become president of the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference?
Meaning, give us some money, b.
At least the gunman didn’t say, “Now that’s a good little nappy-headed ho!”
And, in Philadelphia too.
Bill Cosby has been hammering away on this very subject and I wonder if anyone is really listening.
“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.
Dang! Ya beat me to it.
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