YPSILANTI, Mich. (WXYZ) - A cartoon published in a local college newspaper is stirring up controversy.
The illustration ran in Eastern Michigan University's campus paper, "The Eastern Echo" on September 28. It shows a male and a female member of the Ku Klux Klan reminiscing at a tree with a noose hanging from it. The caption reads, "Honey ... this is the tree where we met."
"The Eastern Echo" released this statement to Action News:
"We understand the "You Are Here" cartoon may have offended some readers. We apologize for the lack of sensitivity some felt we showed for publishing the cartoonist's work. The cartoon points out the hypocrisy of hate-filled people. Its intent was to ask how can someone show affection for one person while at the same time hating someone else enough to commit such a heinous act as hanging. We wish to remind readers that they are free to express their opinion on our discussion boards and we hope to continue to foster free thought and open discussion on campus and in the community."
Eastern Michigan University also released a statement, saying: "The students are responsible for writing and editing the entire newspaper. The University does not exercise any editorial control over the content of the newspaper. The University does not condone or support any actions that are racially offensive or insensitive."
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