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Self-Censorship at the University of Alabama


When the University of Alabama’s student newspaper The Crimson White published a cartoon on Thursday depicting the University of Auburn’s stunning win over Alabama with the title “This is What Happens in Obama’s America,” the newspaper was hastily labeled racist.

As if the knee-jerk cries of racism were not lamentable enough, the paper’s editor-in-chief, Mazie Bryant, quickly apologized for the cartoon and vowed to make “every possible effort to make sure this does not happen again.” From the editor-in-chief’s pen:

On Dec. 5, The Crimson White opinion page published a cartoon depicting two football players, one from the Alabama Crimson Tide and one of the Auburn Tigers. Above the depiction was type that read, “This is what happens in Obama’s America.”  The cartoon was meant as satire, but unfortunately it has been perceived by many readers as having racist intentions. We sincerely regret this, and apologize to anyone who was offended by it.

The cartoon, in fact, was intended as a lighthearted look at some of the more absurd explanations given for Alabama’s collapse at the end of the Iron Bowl game against Auburn last Saturday. Many fans across the state took to social media and personal platforms to place blame for the team’s loss. To The Crimson White, and much of the student body, the blame was based on ridiculous and unfounded reasons.

Unfortunately, many people have developed an unhealthy opinion that all of the problems the United States has faced is a direct result of the decisions President Barack Obama has made during his terms as president. To place blame for the problems of the world on one man’s shoulders is not only disrespectful to our country’s leader, but also a scapegoat, devaluing the real roots of the problems themselves.

This cartoon was, by no means, intended to be racist or insulting. It was the unfortunate product of editorial oversight and a lack of a critical eye in determining possible implications the cartoon could have. This mistake will not be made again.

Via Red Alert.


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