Fma­graziane nk to change cartoon

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A cartoon in a satir­i­cal mag­a­zine that de­picts a black poet and ac­tivist with a jut­ting chin and slop­ing fore­head is be­ing mod­i­fied by the car­toon­ist after it was de­nounced as a racist image and a cam­paign to re­move the mag­a­zine from stores was launched.

An­drew Dou­glas, the man­ag­ing editor of the At­lantic re­gion ver­sion of Frank mag­a­zine, apol­o­gized to read­ers on Tues­day, say­ing he’s fear­ful that the de­pic­tion of El Jones among a group of pro­test­ers in the cartoon could at­tract racists to the pub­li­ca­tion.

The image of Jones has drawn an­gry so­cial me­dia com­men­tary, in­clud­ing an on­line post from Jones on the week­end that re­ferred to it as sim­i­lar to racist de­pic­tions of Africans that ap­peared in pe­ri­od­i­cals dur­ing the 1800s.

The cartoon has also re­sulted in a boy­cott cam­paign be­ing launched by Sarah Dunsworth, an ac­tor on the Trailer Park Boys se­ries, who in Twit­ter com­ments says the “racist ha­rass­ment ... is dis­gust­ing and shame­ful.”

She has called for stores, in­clud­ing Sobeys, to pull the lat­est is­sue off their shelves.

Dou­glas wrote in a let­ter to read­ers that the in­ten­tion wasn’t to pub­lish a racist draw­ing, but he is aware that draw­ings that liken black peo­ple to primates can be viewed in this way. He said he has asked car­toon­ist Don Pin­sent to draw the cartoon again with a de­pic­tion of Jones al­tered.

Jones said that she doesn’t ac­cept that chang­ing her fea­tures elim­i­nates the racist na­ture of the cartoon.

racist ha­rass­ment is dis­gust­ing and shame­ful. Sarah dunsworth

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