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Albuquerque newspaper apologizes for “obviously racist” cartoon attacking Dreamers

The statement continued, “Aside from the obviously racist undertones of this cartoon – coming from an artist with a history of racist cartoons – its goal is clearly to destroy an immigration compromise, not to promote one.”

Cartoons published in the Journal are chosen by the editorial board, which is separate from the newsroom with reporters, and editors. However, as a response to the backlash, Journal Editor Karen Moses weighed in and said cartoons are typically used to spark “discussion and debate.”

“Our editorial pages offer views from all sides of the spectrum, and we realize some of the content will offend readers,” Moses said in a statement issued on Wednesday night. “We do not agree with many of those views, but their purpose is to spark discussion and debate. In hindsight, instead of generating debate, this cartoon only inflamed emotions. This was not the intent, nor does the Journal condone racism or bigotry in any form.

The statement, while critical of the cartoon, was still milquetoast and hardly addressed the implications of the drawing, which in turn generated so much outrage and attention. The cartoon plays on the idea, frequently touted by President Donald Trump, that equates DACA recipients (known as Dreamers), with a violent street gang. It harps on the false notion that immigration has brought a spike in crime to the United States and that Democrats condone the behavior in order to score more votes and appeal to a diverse audience.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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