Skip to comments.Newspaper Under Fire For Alleged Racist Cartoon
Posted on 07/28/2005 11:22:38 AM PDT by Millee
A Dearborn newspaper has been accused of publishing a racist cartoon, Local 4 reported.
The cartoon featured in the Sunday, June 19 edition of the Dearborn Press & Guide has touched off a firestorm from ethnic groups across metro Detroit who characterized it as derogatory and incredibly divisive, the station reported.
"We are shocked that any newspaper, let alone one that serves a community as diverse as the one served by the Press & Guide, would publish a cartoon purveying the blatantly bigoted attitude reflected in the one that ran in that paper on June 19," said Shirley Stancato, of New Detroit Inc., a nonprofit coalition of leaders from civil rights and other organizations.
The cartoon depicted what appeared to be a Mexican man wearing a sombrero who had just crawled through a hole in the border. The man in the sombrero was holding his hand out to what appeared to be a white man who was labeled as a "taxpayer." The dialogue for the man with the sombrero read as follows: "No amigo, I'm not interested in the immigration office. Just the welfare office!"
The bottom of the cartoon read: "Services for legal and illegal immigrants cost taxpayers over $68 billion per year."
About 30 representatives from different ethnic communities including the American Jewish Committee, Institute of Mexicans in Michigan, the Council of American Islamic Relations and several other groups, gathered Thursday morning at New Detroit Inc. on West Grand Boulevard to speak out against Jim Williams, the president of Heritage Newspapers, which publishes the Press & Guide.
The community leaders said they attempted to speak with Williams last Friday, but he walked out of the meeting, according to a news release.
Ismel Ahmed, the director of ACCESS, an Arab community social services organization, received a disturbing letter in the mail after the cartoon ran in the paper, the station reported. The letter stated:
"It is a shame that the cartoon in the paper singled out Mexican people. It should have singled out your Arab people. What do your people contribute to Dearborn? Tax evasion. Narcotics pedaling. Noise. Dirty houses. Women wrapped up like mummies, and now even murder. You people are a curse on Dearborn. You are the worst people to come to this country."
Ahmed said his organization believes the letter is an example of the kind of thinking that the cartoon has inspired.
The community leaders plan to picket in front of the newspaper's offices and have asked advertisers to pull their support and readers to cancel their subscriptions. They are also asking for a meeting with the publisher to discuss the issue.
Nope. So is Boondocks.
The truth hurts! Remember, The Emperor's New Clothes?
Incidentally, I don't recall hearing about these same "civil rights" groups complaining about the very blantantly racist cartoons about Condi Rice around the time of her nomination for secretary of state.
Rather mild cartoon, but the various victim groups are not noted for tolerance.
"immigrant families can still receive benefits on behalf of their U.S.-born children, whose welfare eligibility is the same as any other native-born American. Also, in many cases state governments have chosen to provide benefits to otherwise ineligible immigrants."
The cartoon may be unflattering, but it ain't libel.
And Pat Oliphant in the Washington Post.
I've never heard of Boondocks. Probably a good thing.
I saw MythBusters last night. Love the show normally. They were doing the myth of slingshotting illegal immigrants over the border.
They made it VERY clear that they were simulating Canadians, even going so far as to prance around with fake canadian accents. So pathetically PC.
All the best humor is rooted in truth
Has the guts to tell the truth?
"Ahmed said his organization believes the letter is an example of the kind of thinking that the cartoon has inspired."
Call the Thought Police! Thought Crime in progress!
It disturbs me when I hear serious commentary about controlling what people think.
Sounds like un-PC sarcasm to me.
Is there that much of an illegal immigrant problem coming from Canada?
My point is they used Canada so as not to offend mexicans.
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