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Community in Bainbridge boycott newspaper

An editorial cartoon posted by the Bainbridge Post Searchlight caught the attention of a lot of people. (Source:WALB) An editorial cartoon posted by the Bainbridge Post Searchlight caught the attention of a lot of people. (Source:WALB)
"In a time where there is so much going on, I just feel like that was real insensitive to actually run that cartoon in the newspaper," said Elisa Burke. (Source:WALB) "In a time where there is so much going on, I just feel like that was real insensitive to actually run that cartoon in the newspaper," said Elisa Burke. (Source:WALB)
"It's comparing one type of murder to another, and saying one that is somehow not as bad, or is okay, vesus the other one," said Ashley Tillis.(Source:WALB) "It's comparing one type of murder to another, and saying one that is somehow not as bad, or is okay, vesus the other one," said Ashley Tillis.(Source:WALB)

An editorial cartoon posted by the Bainbridge Post Searchlight caught the attention of a lot of people.

"In a time where there is so much going on, I just feel like that was real insensitive to actually run that cartoon in the newspaper," said Elisa Burke.

The cartoon refers to a young black man killed by police and another drawing of young African Americans killed by other black men. Critics say it's racially insensitive.

"It's comparing one type of murder to another, and saying one that is somehow not as bad, or is okay, versus the other one," said Ashley Tillis.

Sherry Parker and Montyna Norris started the petition.

Parker and Norris live in Atlanta but still have family in the Bainbridge area.

So far the petition has been signed by 300 people.

"There could be more, and I think 300 for this community is good," said Burke.

Folks said they have repeatedly called the Post Searchlight and haven't been able to get anyone on the phone.

WALB reached out to the publisher of the Post Searchlight who issued the following statement:

Opinions and cartoons published on our opinion pages are the those of the writer or artist, not The Post-Searchlight.  The cartoon was drawn by Rick McKee of the Augusta Chronicle and first published in that newspaper, was shared with our newspaper and others by a syndication service.

"I think what they need to do is make some changes with their staff firstly, and just be open to having a discussion about it." said Tillis.

Others are calling for a public apology.

"It just made me feel that we're still dealing with this kind of stuff, that they just felt so comfortable to just run in the paper. We have as many black people in this community as we do white," said Burke.

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