Albuquerque Journal Apologizes for Publishing Editorial Cartoon of DREAMErs as Criminals

Feb 8, 2018
3:22 PM

On Wednesday, the editorial pages of the Albuquerque Journal ran the following editorial cartoon from Sean Delonas:

As expected, a lot of people thought this was a stupid idea and made sure the Journal knew about it:

On Thursday, the Journal’s Editor in Chief wrote this:

Journal Editor Karen Moses issued an expanded statement Thursday morning:

Political cartoons are often satire and poke at more than one point of view. I do not presume to know what cartoonist Sean Delonas was trying to convey in his cartoon that was published in Wednesday’s Albuquerque Journal. But on one level it appeared to us to be poking at President Trump’s rhetoric by portraying a quaking Republican couple who were painting Dreamers with a broad, totally false, brush.

Obviously, that was not the message received by many readers. Instead, many saw an extremely objectionable cartoon and thought that was the position of the Journal. It is not.

In hindsight, instead of generating debate, this cartoon only inflamed emotions. This was not the intent, and for that, the Journal apologizes.

I repeat that the Albuquerque Journal does not condone racism or bigotry in any form.

I also want to reiterate that we do not agree with many of the opinions expressed on the editorial pages, which are intended to encourage debate. Also, the editorial board decides what to publish on these pages, and that is separate from the newsroom and its reporters.

Granted, it’s not like the Journal didn’t know about Delonas: