The Seneca (SC) Journal apologized for running an editorial cartoon deemed hurtful and insensitive.
Political cartoons are powerful tools that are designed to make you laugh or think about a given situation. But they’re not supposed to make you hurt. Wednesday’s depiction of an African-American family did just that.
It made you hurt — many of you.
The cartoon by Al Goodwyn, on the relationship between Black Americans and The Democratic Party, generated numerous complaints.
The Seneca Journal faced heated criticism after a controversial cartoon ran in Wednesday’s newspaper.
Goodwyn’s cartoon was an apparent critique on the relationship between black Americans and the Democratic party, one that sparked anger among several members of the community in Seneca. We spoke with a handful of people who voiced their outrage to the paper, and on camera to FOX Carolina.
After the outrage circulated on social media, The Journal issued a lengthy apology letter on their Facebook page, in which they shifted blame to a hectic Tuesday covering elections. The paper said the pages were not reviewed with normal attention to content because of that…
Mentioned in the newspaper’s apology is that they will no longer use cartoons from Al:
We purchased that cartoon and many others from nationally syndicated cartoonist Al Goodwyn. That cartoon may have appeared in dozens of newspapers around the country on Wednesday, but he won’t be working for us anymore.
Procedurally, this was a terrible mistake. On a normal night…
In short, we rushed and we skipped part of our own internal controls, and we know better. Moving forward, all cartoons will have to be approved prior to being placed on our pages as well. They’ll be treated the same way a story gets treated.
Below is a clearer view of the cartoon; and an earlier cartoon that could serve as Al’s response.
The Daily Cartoonist contacted Al Goodwyn, who was kind enough to respond:
Thanks, DD. I appreciate you reaching out. The cartoon was not intended to be hurtful; however, clearly it was. I wanted to be respectful with the depiction of the woman and children, portraying their care for each other as sincere and the concern on their faces indicative of the current racial strife they face. My intent in the cartoon was to project the Democrat party lacking in care and effective measures, yet continuing to be supported. I stand by that intended message. I’ve had emails from those offended which have allowed me to have lengthy, respectful conversations with them on the cartoon’s subject. Those conversations have given me a feel for the elements of the cartoon that were offensive and I’ll take that lesson into future cartoons. Sincerely, Al.
As a newspaper, we are supposed to be a reflection of our community — one community.
We failed in that yesterday … miserably.
Apparently rainbows and unicorns will be the order of the day for cartoons on the Seneca Journal’s editorial page if they plan on representing one community with opinions shared by all.