Apology Issued For Controversial Cartoon

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

Officials at The Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky's student newspaper issued an apology for Friday's controversial political cartoon.

The cartoon featuring a black man, shackled to an auction block, being bid-on by fictitious Greek organizations.

On Monday the paper printed an apology saying:

"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."

Despite the fact that the political cartoon was drawn by a University of Kentucky student, and affected UK students, UK officials say they take no responsibility for the cartoon or it's aftermath.

They say The Kentucky Kernel is an independent publication with the right to publish what it wants.


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  • by Meridith on Oct 24, 2007 at 09:30 PM
    white people never stood up and said that we dont want to be called "cracker" not saying that its right. But we as African Americans have fought and fought and fought and fought for every right and privelge that white men and women have already had. I think that printing a picture such as the one in the Kernal is a slap in the face. And i have a responce to Cindy, Maria, Lilli, and Peggy. Please empathize with someone that is unlike yourself. think about the struggles that some other people have gone through and continue to go through.
  • by Peggy Location: Ky on Oct 11, 2007 at 09:57 AM
    I HAVE heard of white people being degraded-ever heard the term 'cracker'?It's the same thing to me.I was raised and raise my daughter to NEVER degrade ANY race.It is a shame we can't get along as just simple human beings.I cant say if the KY Kernel intended this to be so hurtful,I'd like to think not,in this day and age.I think they expected the black community to be open minded enough to THINK before they get offended.Not jump to a bad conclusion right off.I have read on MANY websites that the paper is completely seperate from UK,so get off Mr. Todd's back.Why is it ok with some for black people to call each other names,and call white people 'cracker'and expect us not to get upset,but then all hell is raised over this cartoon?Lilli is right...stop the belly aching over things that never even happened to you.Yeah it may have happened to your ancestors.Well,my ancestors are native american,and I dont cry every time I turn around because they were treated like crap,too.Maria,right on!
  • by Lilli Location: Richmond on Oct 10, 2007 at 01:57 PM
    How about this--stop whining and expecting payback for something that happened over 100 years ago.
  • by Maria Location: Lexington on Oct 10, 2007 at 11:16 AM
    Would the response to this cartoon be the same if it was white people being sold to african americans?
  • by Cindy Location: Somerset on Oct 10, 2007 at 07:22 AM
    To all of you that think white people arent degraded, maybe you are talking about white men. I am a white woman and I can tell you now a days women are called all kinds of degrading names- it doesnt matter what color you are. We are all B***hes or whores and worse in song and movies and I dont see anyone out there protesting that. Where is Jesse Jackson when all these new songs come out? Nowhere I can see.
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Oct 10, 2007 at 03:11 AM
    What's next, change the names of Cheapside and Market Street so we don't offend. Maybe Jesse Jack(edited) will lead the effort.
  • by Allison Location: Lexington on Oct 9, 2007 at 06:24 PM
    Anonymous...tell me when whites are degraded? Please spare me!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2007 at 02:42 PM
    Free speech is just that...the freedom to express yourself and your beliefs. If you don't like it, you have the right to free speech as well. No one should be punished for having a different view on the world. I say get a piece of paper and draw a cartoon about what you think. Thats your right.
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX,KY. on Oct 9, 2007 at 02:35 PM
    FIRST I WANT TO COMMEND WKYT FOR OPENING SOME DIALOGUE HERE REGARDING THIS MATTER.TO THE ANONYMOUS PERSON BELOW,I AM A COLLEGE GRADUATE OF A MAJOR UNIVERSITY IN THE SOUTH,BORN AND RAISED IN NJ.NEVER ,NEVER HAVE I COME ACROSS A MATTER IN MY LIFE OR IN HISTORY WHERE WHITES HAD TO DEAL WITH A MATTER AS DEGRADING AS BEING SOLD,CALLED BOY OR THE N WORD.WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO YOUR COMMENT,YOU'RE NOT WEIGHING APPLES FOR APPLES.THE ABOVE NAME CALLING TOOK PLACE AT THE TIME OF PURCHASING.IF THE SHOE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT I WOULD BE REACHING OUT TO ANY RACE THAT WAS BEING DEGRADED.THE GREAT ONE,GOD,NEVER INTENDED FOR US TO BE ARGUMENTATIVE,ESPECIALLY ABOUT THIS.I AM NOT PERFECT BY ANY MEANS BUT I HAVE A SOFT HEART AND NEVER WOULD GO ALONG WITH ANYONE BEING MISS TREATED OR NOT SENSITIVE TO A PRESON NO MATTER WHAT COLOR THEY ARE.KNOW THIS I WOULD DEFEND YOU TO THE END IF SOMEONE MISTREATED YOU,EVEN IF IT CAME FROM MY OWN KIND.AND THAT'S REAL.LOVE YOU MAN/WOMAN.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Oct 9, 2007 at 09:30 AM
    What a bunch of dummies at the Kernel. The brainless ones all over are proclaiming the right to free speech means "I can say any (edited) thing I want to any (edited) time". Just like the dolts at Colorado State with the "(edied) Bush" editorial. Stupid lives everywhere but there seems to be a preponderance of it on the university campuses.
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