The State University of New York at Plattsburgh has apologized for printing a racist illustration alongside an article about diversity in their college newspaper.
The Daily Beast reports the illustration ran in Cardinal Points, a student-operated publication. The article, titled “Minority Admission Rates Examined,” focused on the growth of diversity at the school and others across the nation.
The article was well received by readers – but not so the image of a Black student with “bulging eyes and an exaggerated white mouth,” wearing a cap and gown while walking through a ravaged town complete with broken stop sign, damaged cars, and broken windows.
— KJayy Persaud (@KJayyIsBhaddd) October 27, 2015
After students questioned why the Black student wasn’t depicted in a more positive light — like reading a book on campus — the staff issued an apology on their website, acknowledging that the illustration is a disconnect from the story and not meant to offend anyone.
The statement from Cardinal Points reads:
Many of you may have seen the illustration on top of the front page of this week’s Cardinal Points, …read more
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