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University Of Alabama Paper Apologizes For Obama Cartoon Deemed Racist

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (CBS Atlanta) — The University of Alabama student newspaper has issued an apology after some people deemed their editorial cartoon racist towards President Barack Obama.

The Crimson White published a cartoon Thursday that shows an Auburn player running for a touchdown while an Alabama player is on the ground with the caption: “This Is What Happens In Obama’s America.”

“The cartoon was meant as satire, but unfortunately it has been perceived by many readers as having racist intentions. We sincerely regret this, and apologize to anyone who was offended by it,” Mazie Bryant, the paper’s editor-in-chief, said in an op-ed.

Bryant stated the paper wanted to prove a point that Obama seemingly gets blamed for things that are beyond his control.

“Unfortunately, many people have developed an unhealthy opinion that all of the problems the United States has faced is a direct result of the decisions President Barack Obama has made during his terms as president,” she wrote in the op-ed. “To place blame for the problems of the world on one man’s shoulders is not only disrespectful to our country’s leader, but also a scapegoat, devaluing the real roots of the problems themselves.”

The cartoon did not show depict any racial slurs or images.

Despite that, some students believed that the paper took the cartoon too far.

“Obviously the joke is that Obama can be blamed for things that have nothing to do with him,” Sho Asa told WBRC-TV. “It supposed to be a joke but it can kinda be taken too far.”

Due to the uproar, Bryant says that a panel consisting of the paper’s editorial board will approve satire cartoons before they are published.

Alabama lost its chance at a potential third straight national championship after Auburn’s Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 100 yards for the game-winning touchdown as time expired.

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