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Black Leaders Demanding Ed Gamble Be Fired (UPDATED)
Local black leaders in Jacksonville Florida area are demanding an apology, the firing of Florida Times-Union’s editorial cartoonist Ed Gamble and the inclusion of an African-American on the paper’s editorial board over one of Ed’s editorial cartoons that depicted a gunman wearing a “Don’t Snitch” t-shirt calling two little children a “good little ho!” See cartoon.
The cartoon came after police assertions that a “Don’t snitch” culture has impeded efforts to solve crimes in Jacksonville. A CBS 60 Minutes segment last Sunday focused on the growing problem, especially in inner-city neighborhoods, and how some rap artists have encouraged it.
“The object of the cartoon was to comment on the rise of a no-snitching culture, something that is widely in the news today,” Clark said.
“Cartoons, by their nature, take broad strokes that can be interpreted differently,” he said. “There was certainly no intent to offend the many law-abiding Jacksonville citizens.”
Editorial page Mike Clark has stated that, “Using the word ‘ho’ was bad judgment, and I regret that I did not edit it out.” Ed maintains that, “I was making a point that rappers are demeaning to women.”
UPDATE: Al Sharpton has issued a response to the cartoon. While being “appalled” at the cartoon, he’s using the cartoon as “further proof that the hip hop community and those who market them must be held accountable for the destruction they are causing in the Black community.”