Village14’s own Greg Reibman started his day perusing the daily newspapers and came across this cartoon in the Herald.
At 8 AM he tweeted “Very unfortunate editorial cartoon in @BostonHerald today”.
— Greg Reibman (@Greg_Reibman) October 1, 2014
Within hours his tweet was bouncing all over the Internet and getting picked up across the country. By noontime the cartoonist was on the radio apologizing. “It was completely naïve or innocent of any racial suggestion. I wasn’t thinking along those lines at all,” said longtime Herald political cartoonist Jerry Holbert.
In some newspapers that syndicated the cartoon across the country today the “watermelon” had been changed to “raspberry”, leading many to comment that at least some other editors weren’t as racially tone deaf as those at the Herald.