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Somebody deserves to be fired

By From page A8 | August 23, 2014

A friend of mine shared with me the hateful, inflammatory and racist “political” cartoon published in the Aug. 17 Daily Republic on Page A9 (“He was black. That’s reason enough.”).

In what universe is this acceptable? Would the cartoon be acceptable to publish the same cartoon with other races? The answer is, of course not. This cartoon looks like it belongs in a 1936 Nazi newspaper.

An apology is simply not enough. The people involved with the publication of this vile cartoon simply need to be fired!

Joey Porter

Vallejo

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  • Salty DogAugust 23, 2014 - 5:02 am

    Joey. Are you saying that Harry Reid is a racist? Because back in 2008 he said that about the then candiate for president Obama.(he said he was light skined with no negro dialect) The cartoon was not racist because the person doing the cartoon was showing the truth of what Harry Reid said. If any one should be fired it is Senator Harry Reid because he showed us that he is the racist. But I guess you did not know that Senator Reid said that.

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  • Dave ShreeveAugust 23, 2014 - 9:02 am

    The cartoon may or may not have been racist, but it was definitely beyond the pale of good taste. It should never have been run. What was especially appalling was that the cartoon was never published in the on-line addition and therefor there was no way to post comments on it. Faison, Stanhope, if you are going to publish such garbage, at least have the decency to allow comments on it in the on-line version of the paper. The narrative of the cartoon has since been proved completely false since we now know the cop involved was beaten and required hospital care. Hardly what the patently offensenive cartoon portrayed.

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  • patrickAugust 23, 2014 - 2:06 pm

    Political cartoons are meant to be examined by the viewer and evaluated by the viewer. THE FIRST AMENDMENT. Whats your problem JOEY????

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  • FDCAugust 23, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    Patrick: The First Amendment is not without limitations, such as one cannot shout "FIRE" in a crowded theatre. The "cartoon" in question was inflammatory and obviously was designed to provoke further tension into the situation. At the time of publication (and even until today) almost no facts about the shooting were in evidence, hence the "cartoon" was not an exercise of "free speech" but was a blatant piece of propaganda. 'Taint free speech, Patrick, it was just a cheap attempt to capitalize on a bad situation and to incite anger and perhaps violence in the reader.

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  • joey porterAugust 23, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    There is no doubt the first amendment allowed publication of this cartoon. The first amendment allows us among its many benefits the freedom to be stupid. When you write or say something stupid there are repercussions. A good example the former NBC sports commentator Jimmy the Greek made comments concerning African Americans that were offensive to many and was fired for it.. In my opinion this cartoon was published because at some level one person or several persons at the Republic agreed with its content. They exercised neither good judgement or nor good taste. What you have here is a complete failure of the editorial review process by the Republic. I stand firm in my belief that someone should be fired.

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  • Salty DogAugust 23, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    Joey What do you have to say about senator Harry Reid saying that president obama a light skinned african american with no negro dialect. Is that a racist statement or is it ok because Senator Reid is a democrat.

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  • joey porterAugust 23, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    Harry Reid is senile and corrupt at best, I don't find this particular statement of his as racist but I see how others could. As a public official he should know better. Had a republican made the same comments they would have been blasted to the high hills as a democrat it rates as no news,

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  • Tom ChalkAugust 23, 2014 - 5:34 pm

    I fail to see any possible reason for publishing the cartoon. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. This political cartoon is just plain infuriating given the events in Missouri. The DR is part of a group of newspapers under one management, I believe. One wonders where, along that chain of command, the responsibility for this mistake lies. Very disappointing, DR.

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  • TommyGeeAugust 24, 2014 - 6:02 pm

    Joey, you are 100% correct. That cartoon was decpicable and should have never been printed within the pages of this paper. People who defend that cartoon as political speech are just plain ignorant. The true facts of that case are not even completely known, yet the Daily Republic chose to let such a vile, divisive cartoon be published. There is not an iota of evidence suggesting that Officer Wilson, yet alone any other officer on the Ferguson Police force are racist or have the mindset depicted in that piece of garbage. The real racists are the ones who came up with that cartoon.

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