Racist Caricature in Student Journalism

On Oct. 23, SUNY Plattsburgh’s student-run newspaper, The Cardinal Points, reached the national spotlight following its publication of a racially charged cartoon. The cartoon, which accompanied an article that touted the University’s strong minority presence, featured an African-American graduate in a decrepit neighborhood. The graduate appears undisturbed by the crooked stop signs, graffiti-scarred houses and...