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Racially-charged Cartoons Cause Stir at Wesley College

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One of the cartoons published in The Whetstone, a student-run newspaper at Wesley College in Dover. (Photo: WBOC) One of the cartoons published in The Whetstone, a student-run newspaper at Wesley College in Dover. (Photo: WBOC)
Wesley College in Dover (Photo: WBOC) Wesley College in Dover (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- Some questionable cartoons published in last week's edition of The Whetstone, a student-run newspaper at Wesley College in Dover, are causing a stir.

Some students are offended and others think it was all done in an attempt to draw attention to an issue. The cartoons were drawn by student Bryheim Muse.

One depicts a Black Lives Matter protestor saying,  "Would you look at the time... I'm late for my abortion." Another shows a black man speaking to a garden hoe and using the term in a derogatory way.

Tymira Holman, a freshman at Wesley, said she does not take the cartoons lightly.

"I just feel like it's inappropriate, and it kind of offends me," she said. "I know that we have student events where students that aren't minorities feel let out and discriminated again and then something like this is just not OK to me."

Another student felt it was not helping black students' cause.

"It really doesn't if it degrades us as a people," said Williams Johnson, a junior. "Saying that we don't understand everything that we stand behind. And so I do feel that he shouldn't have put that out."

Brandon Smith wrote an editorial dated April 22 in which he details the racial divide on campus. He said the cartoons were probably meant in a way to send a message about black people's struggle.

"I think I know what kind of message he is sending," he said. "But, it's like his opinion. And you know, The Whetstone is about voicing your opinions and how you feel."

Wesley College administrators said in a statement they are addressing the concerns through a community meeting Monday night on campus.

"We believe this open dialogue is the most constructive way to address such challenging and controversial issues on campus," said Jessica Cook, director of communications and marketing. "In doing so, out students learn first-hand both how to exercise their own freedom of speech, the impact they may have on others, and that they must take responsibility for the ideas and opinions they express when they exercise that right."

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