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Aunt Jemima cartoon causing ruckus in Ohio
The Cleveland Call and Post, an African American newspaper, ran a cartoon on the front page depicting State Senator Nina Turner as Aunt Jemima – who come view as a stereotype of black women who aim to please whites in authority positions – for her support of a measure to redesign the county government. She was the only black politician to support the measure and some view it as a power play to garner more white support in a future attempt to become Executive of Cuyahoga County.
The cartoon has caused several to demand an apology from the Call and Post and are even calling for the resignation of NAACP President George Forbes, who is the legal advisor for the paper. Forbes has stated that no apologies will be offered by himself or the paper. He is quoted as saying, “it was intended to offend some people. The damage done by this public official was done to black people.” He is also ignoring calls for his resignation.
The cartoon was drawn by Walt Carr.