[ View the story "US newspaper draws criticism for #Ferguson cartoon" on Storify] US newspaper draws criticism for #Ferguson cartoon Columbia Daily Tribune says image depicting protesters as looters "should be considered in context".
The Stream· Fri, Aug 22 2014 16:54:51
The managing editor of the paper, Jim Robertson,
to the criticism Thursday saying, "The editorial cartoon yesterday accompanied a Rich Lowry
about the unfortunate presence of looters and how that is not a legitimate form of protest. Provocative? Yes. Racist? Certainly not in intent or context". Some welcomed his statement:
@columbiatribune @cohenss @mattdpearce Truth seems to hurt. Keep doing what you do.Michael Chad Kiper
@columbiatribune Please dont apologize for the cartoon. It was the TRUTHThe Mad Jewess
@columbiatribune You're right, but the context is that focusing on the looting is a designed tactic meant to disparage, not illuminate.Scott Majewski
@columbiatribune Appreciate the response, & I won't go through all the ways the cartoon is racist, but it is. Worth being sensitive to this.Sam Cohen
However, the explanation did not sit well with others:
@casey_schneider @columbiatribune Yeah, I'd say it's pretty atrocious even in context, but thanks for trying I guessmichael howley
"our publishing offensive racist stuff should be seen in context of not racist stuff we publish" cc @mattdpearce @cohenssTommy Miles
@columbiatribune IMO this cartoon reinforces negative stereotypes providing breeding ground for more hate /violence .Blessings ~Gramma Shay
@columbiatribune @cohenss @mattdpearce This "context" is still uniformed and ignorant. The racist undertones are not at all subtle.Jackee B.
Others called for putting the
cases in perspective:
@columbiatribune @mattdpearce @cohenss let's ignore the rightful protests and focus on the small % of idiots doing bad things. Great contextAnish Saraiya
how many 60" plasma TVs were looted in Ferguson? Zero have been reported. Do you have counter info?Casey Schneider
If it wasn't clear: Yes, there was some looting in Ferguson. But it was an incredibly small fraction of what has been going on here.Matt Pearce
@CarlosMonsoor @cohenss it is when in comparison the looting was a fraction of the police brutality & abuse of civil liberties #fergusonshaleen heffernan
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