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A Pennsylvania newspaper found itself in hot water after it  used a cartoon to compare air travel to the Middle Passage.

The cartoon, which has now been deleted, ran in Lancaster New Era last Saturday, compared the conditions of slaves on the boats to the uncomfortable seating on airplanes.

John A. Kirkpatrick, the president of Lancaster Newspapers, and Barb Roda, the company’s executive editor, issued a statement Thursday, writing that they were “deeply sorry” for publishing the cartoon and ensuring readers that they would “promise to do better.”

“To somehow link the inconveniences of air travel with slavery in general and the slave ships in particular was not only just plain wrong[,] it was deeply hurtful to our African American community and all those who understand the horrors inflicted on the men and women forced into the slave trade,” Kirkpatrick and Roda wrote.

As if an editor didn’t give this the final thumbs up.

“The African Slave trade was our holocaust and to a majority of sane African Americans it is painful for us to even entertain,” said an unnamed Lancaster County pastor quoted in the paper’s apology.

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  • Darkness901

    No! No! No!

    You know damn well what was going on. That apology is just bull. Someone needs to be fired. You can’t just “Do Better”… That is putting the issue on the backburner.

  • Anonin

    Wow. Uncomfortable seating…Holocaust. People just need to stop making unrelated comparisons to the slave trade our ancestors get disrespected enough.

    • Actually, I heard that Jewish people were similarly tightly packed on trains when they were taken to the concentration camps.

  • Disgusting. Some editor(s) needs to get fired.

  • kimieg.

    When are we going to start racially profiling white people. They deserve it.