Students at Slippery Rock University are outraged by a recent installment of Keith Knight’s The K Chronicles, bringing into question reading-comprehension levels at the western Pennsylvania college.
The strip, which appeared Sept. 25 in the university newspaper, opens with a black man in a noose saying, “You’re doing this because I’m black, aren’t you?” A white man in the crowd responds: “See? There you go again!! Pulling the race card …”
In response some upset students at the small school walked around campus with nooses dangling around their necks.
“They put this in the paper thinking it would be funny,” one student told a local TV station. “How funny is it when it’s real? When you see someone walking around with a noose on their neck, it’s not as funny no more.”
“I think the whole thing is racist,” another student said. “I don’t even understand why they would print this.”
Members of the campus NAACP chapter and Black Action Society reportedly met with editors of the newspaper on Monday, and plan a march through campus on Thursday.
Knight, who’s no stranger to controversy, posted an official statement on his blog: “A comic strip can be about more than cats eating lasagna or how stupid your boss is. Some of the best comic strips point out truths not only though humor, but through satire. … In the first panel of this specific comic strip, white people accuse a black man, who is about to be lynched, of pulling the race card. This is an exaggerated, satirical version of what we often see and hear in mainstream media: the victim gets accused of pulling the race card, which is an easy way to dismiss the real issues involved.”
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