Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Wesley College newspaper under fire for publishing 'racist' cartoons drawn by a black student
The independent student newspaper of Delaware's Wesley College is under fire after publishing two cartoons that many students on campus found offensive.
The two cartoons in question were published last Friday. The first shows an African-American woman wearing a 'Black Lives Matter' t-shirt, looking at her watch as she remarks 'Would you look at the time...I'm late for my abortion!'
The second cartoon shows an exchanged between a black man and an animated garden hoe.
The garden hoe exclaims: 'Who is you calling HOE!!!'
'I'm sorry ma'am, you just look like a hoe!' the man responds.
The cartoons were drawn by student Bryheim Muse, who is black himself.
The cartoons quickly generated controversy on campus, with many saying they were offended and found the cartoons racially insensitive.
'I just feel like it's inappropriate, and it kind of offends me,' Tymira Holman, a freshman, told WBOC. 'I know that we have student events where students that aren't minorities feel let out and discriminated again and then something like this is just not OK to me.'
School administrators and the Whetston's editor-in-chief held a forum on Monday to address the outrage over the cartoons, but some students said that wasn't enough.
As an independent student newspaper, The Whetstone is not officially or financially affiliated with the school.