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College president apologizes for cartoon

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Delta College president Jean Goodnow has apologized to the for the hurt and disappointment caused by a cartoon that ran in the campus newspaper which painted the city of Saginaw MI as a place of drugs and violence. The cartoon has prompted outrage from several community leaders and prompted a community forum that included the police chief, county district judge and a former mayor to discuss Saginaw’s crime rate.

Goodnow apologized stating, “I am sorry for the hurt that this situation has caused throughout an entire community. I could see that the raw emotions of some very fine people were brought to the forefront.”

The cartoon was created by Rashad Baiyasi and David Ferrier. Goodnow mentioned that as an educator she felt a responsibility to support the cartoonist “as they struggled to learn from this situation.”

Community Comments

#1 Tjeerd Royaards
February/4/2010
@ 12:16 pm

So a cartoonist offends some people into getting together and prompting ‘a community forum that included the police chief, county district judge and a former mayor to discuss Saginawâ??s crime rate.’ And this is a bad thing…?? Am I missing what editorial cartooning is about?

#2 Zach
February/4/2010
@ 1:59 pm

Editorial cartoon critiques crime problems, resulting in a community discussion about crime problems.

This is something to apologize for?

#3 Ted Rall
February/5/2010
@ 11:53 am

This apology is outrageous.

#4 Carl Moore
February/5/2010
@ 1:59 pm

The apology is just plain stupid.

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