The Sacramento NAACP is blasting the Sacramento News & Review over its recent depiction of Mayor Kevin Johnson, calling it “racist”.
According to ABC news10, SN&R said in a statement published Tuesday, the cover depicts Johnson, “as sweaty and nervous while reading about his lawsuit against this paper and allegations of email misuse.”
NAACP’s Sacramento chapter president Stephen T. Webb said the illustration, “shows his eyes all bucked, his lips large and illuminated. His head nappy on the side.”
“It’s a stereotype in reference to the 40s and the 50s, in reference to others that depicted blacks or African Americans at that time,” Webb said.
Fox 40 reported that Stephen T. Webb, president of the NAACP Sacramento chapter, said the images are reminiscent to 1930 and 1940 minstrel show pictures.
“They’ve made him very, very dark, they’ve made very large lips, wide eyes, kind of a spoof on things,” he said.
While Webb said he is disgusted by the cartoon, the Sacramento News & Review is denying any wrongdoing.
Sacramento News & Review responded saying the illustrations of Mayor Kevin Johnson in SN&R’s July 9 issue depict him as sweaty and nervous while reading about his lawsuit against this paper and allegations of email misuse.
We refute the NAACP’s assertion that the illustrations are in any way racist, violent, or perpetuating negative stereotypes, or that our coverage of the mayor is racially biased. Such accusations are unfounded and without merit.
These illustrations are based on an actual photo of the mayor.
SN&R has a 26-year history of supporting the NAACP.