Former Boston Herald staffer Greg Reibman first called this “unfortunate,” then changed that to “outrageous.” Herald editorial page editor Rachelle Cohen tells me neither she nor artist Jerry Holbert saw anything wrong with the cartoon. “Jerry doesn’t have a racist bone in his body,” she says. He chose watermelon because he had just seen that flavor of toothpaste in his house, says Cohen.
She says she never anticipated controversy or cries of racism over the cartoon. That seems naive, I say. Her response: “Guilty as charged.”
Holbert says he was “completely naive or innocent to any racial connotations. I wasn’t thinking along those lines at all.”
Update: * Cartoonist apologizes for “naive” watermelon reference (bostonglobe.com) | (bostonherald.com)
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