BACKGROUND: A cartoon (by DeCinzo) on the cover of Metro Santa Cruz (Oct 22, 2008) portrayed a local radio station with a swastika attached to it. Many people in the community were outraged, and the editor was compelled (Oct 29) to issue a 144-word apology, albeit a somewhat misleading apology-- as spelled out in the following letter which Metro Santa Cruz refused to publish.
Oct 30, 2008
Metro Santa Cruz:
In your apology to the public (Metro, Oct 29) about your Oct 22 DeCinzo cartoon which depicts KSCO-radio with a swastika, you acknowledge the cartoon was perhaps excessive. Then you say "It is not our editorial policy to accuse those who disagree with us of fascism."
But you did exactly that a year ago (Metro, Oct 17, 2007) when you labeled my letter with the heading FINAL SOLUTION FORTHCOMING, a clear reference to Nazi Germany's "Final Solution" during World War II for exterminating millions of Jews-- suggesting that my letter favored the extermination of Latinos and suggesting I believe Latinos are inferior, which is not even remotely true.
You portrayed me as fascist because my letter had criticized Latino racism and because I had referred to the obvious fact of overpopulation in Mexico. My Letter also criticized gringo racism.
Jerry Simpson (Santa Cruz, California)
In 2009, Metro Santa Cruz was renamed Santa Cruz Weekly.
In 2013, Santa Cruz Weekly ceased publication.
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