Over the years, cartoons have caused the Northern Star more criticism than any other part of the newspaper. Cartoons are subject to the same decency standards as the rest of the Northern Star – both in pictures and language.
In addition, cartoonists must be cautious about racial matters:
- Do not exaggerate facial features or include anything else in a cartoon that would reinforce racial or ethnic stereotypes.
- If a cartoon is commenting on a racial issue, be sure the point is clearly understandable … and realize that it probably will be misinterpreted by some readers. Is the cartoon worth the flak you and the Star may take?
- Do not use animals to represent members of racial or ethnic groups. And, if someone could conceivably think that a cartoon animal refers to them, it’s best to avoid it.