*THE CONTROVERSY BREWS ON..
*THE CONTROVERSY BREWS ON..
The Montclarion brouhaha continues to grow, with a ton of discussions going on about it on the web. Below are some of the choice ones.
Here is an interview I did today.
I’m also throwing in some letters/emails of the week concerning said brouhaha:
My name is J. and I am a junior at Montclair State University. I am also the Assistant Sports Editor of The Montclarion. As you know by now, a comic you created has sparked a big controversy on the campus here. When I first saw the comic, I was very upset.
You see, I come from a family where it does not matter your color, ethnicity, creed, sex, etc. When I was little, my first best friend was black. When I moved to a pretty white suburb, I heard the jokes about other races and it offended me, even though I am white, that is just the type of person I am. In high school, when more black students moved to town, I had to leave school early one day because the white kids were going to beat me up because they were calling my friends a nasty name and I told them, starting a semi-clash.
I got it all through high school; because I dress a certain way, listen to a certain type of music, I was called names so nasty and heard people say the nastiest things, you would just wonder “Why do they think like that?”.
I’m not going to pretend I know what it feels like to be a black person in America. But seeing my friends go through it everyday, hanging out in the city of Newark, a heavily populated black city, I see it. And again, I don’t know how it feels, but I do get offended. It would not have mattered if it was about an Hispanic person, an Asian person, a Middle Eastern person; it still would have offended me.
But, on the other hand, I do get what you were saying. It was based off a real-life event and it took a professor in the Broadcasting Department, the Department I am majoring in, to explain that even though these people are ignorant and racist, they still see Obama is the best choice no matter his skin color.
I was going to quit the newspaper yesterday after I saw that comic. I just think that the word is nasty, and it holds a lot of bad weight. I feel that if people on my campus heard your side, they might understand it a little more. Also, this isn’t even a black/white thing because I have dealt with more white people coming into the office or talking about how offended they were.
I know I have written a lot and I do not want to take up anymore of your time. I just wanted to let you know how I felt and I also want you to continue doing what your doing because what you are doing is educating Mr. Knight, though to some on my campus it does not seem like that. I hope to hear back. Thank you again.
Your shit sucks. It’s sad to see someone with no future like yourself going so low that you have nothing better to do than right racist comics, (which suck). You must have no life goals if this is all you do. I hope you enter the 21st century someday. I know i am not the first to send something to your racist self, but i hope i just wasted some more of your worthless time.
Again, below the Obama infomercial posts, is my official statement to various media outlets.
I’m off to San Francisco for the Alternative Press Expo and Cartoon Art Museum events. Ciao!!