Monday, July 20, 2015

NAACP Calls Calif. Newspaper Cartoon Racist

A Sacramento, Calif. newspaper is at the center of a racism controversy after releasing an issue last week with Mayor Kevin Johnson on the cover.

KTXL-TV reports, the Sacramento chapter of the NAACP is demanding an apology because they believe the front page image and cartoons in the Sacramento News & Review are stereotypical in nature.

Stephen T. Webb, president of the NAACP Sacramento chapter, said he is "disgusted" by the cartoon which he deemed a "racist picture." Webb says the images are reminiscent to 1930 and 1940 minstrel show pictures.

“They’ve made him very, very dark, they’ve made very large lips, wide eyes, kind of a spoof on things,” he told KTXL.

The NAACP is demanding an apology from the paper.

The cartoons of Johnson are part of an article detailing a lawsuit against the News & Review and the City of Sacramento by the mayor to block emails from being released to the public.

The Sacramento News & Review released the following statement:

“The illustrations of Mayor Kevin Johnson in SN&R’s July 9 issue depict him as sweaty and nervous while reading about his lawsuit against this paper and allegations of email misuse.

These illustrations are based on an actual photo of the mayor.

We refute the NAACP’s assertion that the illustrations are in any way racist, violent, or perpetuating negative stereotypes, or that our coverage of the mayor is racially biased. Such accusations are unfounded and without merit."

The mayor’s office has declined to comment on the situation.



Anonymous said...

Spitting image of the Mayor, right down to the bags under his eyes.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the way Marvel Comics portrayed J. Jonah Jameson (editor of the news where Peter Parker aka Spiderman).

In fact it looks closer to plagarism than racism.

Anonymous said...

You cannot have any sort of caricature of a black person - even if they are a political figure.
Its the perfect defence.

Anonymous said...

By making the cartoon character black is stereotyping? How stupid can you get?

Use the Name, Luke said...

It's an old, stupid tactic. When losing the argument, shout racism or some other form of name calling. It doesn't even have to be true. Of course, that shows the name callers' level of development; that of a 5-year old.

Bird of Paradise said...

The NAACP needs to appoligise for being such a bunch of wanks

Anonymous said...

"It doesn't even have to be true."

That's belief and faith for you.

Alpha Skua said...

Use the Name.Liberals have the IQ of a flea and the attention span of a Crash Test Dummy