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Did The Badger Herald pull comic due to race concerns
Gus McNair writes a column in The Badger Herald taking issue with the paper’s decision to pull a comic from an edition last week because the comic mentioned race. The comic in questions is by Vincent Cheng and the comic depicts a man deciding which music to “like” on Facebook that shows he has a wide appreciation of music (Bach for classical, etc.). The punchline shows the asking for names of black people (artists). See cartoon above.
Was our management afraid it would lead to controversy? Generating debate is part of a college newspaper’s job, so long as it is clearly editorial. Did they themselves find it offensive? In an age when Louis C.K. rules the comedy world and Christian Lander’s Stuff White People Like is a bestseller, I find this difficult to believe.
The incident proves race is still a major issue at UW. And, as a student newspaper, it is the Herald’s job to discuss it — whether that means news coverage, opinion pieces or humor. We ought to be willing to make meaningful controversial statements.