Depicting U.K. students as slave traders in a political cartoon was wrong. That's the word from officials at The Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky's student newspaper.
Friday, the Kernel ran a political cartoon featuring a black man, shackled to an auction block, being bid-on by fictitious Greek organizations.
It sparked student outrage, and protests in the streets.
Today the paper printed the following apology:
"We should not have published the editorial cartoon in Friday's Kernel. A large part of the student body and the community was rightfully offended. Neither the cartoonist nor the editors at the Kernel intended for the cartoon to be hurtful. But our intentions are irrelevant. The cartoon unnecessarily hurt many of our readers, and I apologize for it being published."