NAACP Sacramento Branch Seeks Apology From Newspaper

Jul 17, 2015 10:13 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Sacramento News & Review is facing further scrutiny for its illustrations of Mayor Kevin Johnson that civil rights leaders and prominent members of the black community have deemed racist and stereotypical.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the NAACP's Sacramento branch held a news conference Thursday to demand an apology from the weekly paper.

The July 9 issue features a cover drawing of Johnson and another illustration accompanies an article about Johnson's legal battle with the city and the publication over the release of emails between him and his attorney.

Branch President Stephen Webb compared the newspaper caricature to minstrel images from the Jim Crow era.

The News & Review has maintained that the illustrations were not racist and were based on an actual photo of the mayor.


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