Miami Herald censors Boondocks

First it was the Chicago Tribune and now the Miami Herald. When are newspapers going to figure out they don’t always know what’s best for their audience? The Herald, along with The Boston Globe and the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, will run substitute installments for strips implying the ‘N’ word by using some letters along with some asterisks. The most telling part are comments from Tom Fiedler, the Herald’s executive editor: “It’s our view that the strips and the language in the strips would be offensive to at least a portion of our readership and perhaps a significant portion of our readership.” One factor that entered into the decision, he added, is that some readers may not know that “The Boondocks” creator Aaron McGruder is black. So, Fiedler said, some readers may think a white cartoonist is using the racially insensitive word.

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