COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The publisher of a family-owned Missouri newspaper has resigned after publishing a racist syndicated cartoon depicting a black man stealing a white woman’s purse while hailing funding cuts to police.
Bill Miller Sr. on Thursday told The Associated Press he has stepped down as publisher of the Washington Missourian but is still the paper’s owner. The newspaper’s co-owners, his daughters, resigned Wednesday in protest.
The cartoon published Wednesday shows the white woman asking for someone to call 911, but the masked black man says, “Good luck with that, lady … we defunded the police.”
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