Albuquerque Newspaper Apologizes For Racist Cartoon About DREAMers
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The Albuquerque Journal issued an apology Thursday for running a nationally syndicated cartoon that has been assailed as a racist attack on Latino immigrants by critics.
“In hindsight, instead of generating debate, this cartoon only inflamed emotions. This was not the intent, and for that, the Journal apologizes,” Editor Karen Moses wrote in the paper.
“Looking back, we erred,” Moses said in an interview with the paper. She also pledged more scrutiny of editorial cartoons in the future.
The cartoon, drawn by Sean Delonas, shows a well-dressed white couple being mugged at gunpoint by three terrifying characters: a terrorist wrapped in dynamite and holding a bloody sword, a saggy-pants-wearing member of the Salvadoran gang MS-13, and a third, more generic-looking thug.
The bubble over the husband reads, “Now, Honey … I believe they prefer to be called ‘Dreamers’ … or future Democrats …”
Roughly 50 people showed up to protest at the paper the following day, according to the Journal. And the paper received hundreds of angry calls from readers demanding an apology.
It also drew ire from state and national leaders. Sen. Tom Udall, D- N.M., decried the cartoon on Twitter, writing, “Words and images are still hateful and offensive, even when they appear in a cartoon.”
In her apology, Moses said that she couldn’t say what Delonas had in mind; however, her interpretation was that “on one level it appeared to us to be poking at President Trump’s rhetoric by portraying a quaking Republican couple who were painting Dreamers with a broad, totally false, brush.”
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The Albuquerque Journal is known for its conservative editorials in a state that typically leans to the left politically. However, it has endorsed a path to citizenship for not just DACA recipients, but a larger group of 1.8 million “Dreamers,” according to a report from the paper’s staff writers.
President Donald Trump ended the DACA program in 2017 and gave Congress until March 5 to craft a legislative replacement, but lawmakers have not been able to reach a deal. The White House and most Republicans are demanding additional border security funds and new limits on legal immigration in exchange for codifying DACA protections, while Democrats have thus far refused to accept any compromise that would reduce immigration levels.
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