The Daily Tar Heel, the university’s daily independent newspaper, published an editorial cartoon on depicting George Zimmerman saying, “This wasn’t about race. I shot because I felt threatened. Skittles are full of high fructose corn syrup,” to a police officer while standing over a dead body representing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The picture was not drawn by editorial staff members at the Daily Tar Heel, but came from syndicated wire service Tribune Media Services. According to the Daily Tar Heel Opinion Editor, Maggie Zellner, cartoons from this service are only from the wire service; a staff cartoonist is unable to draw one. Zellner said she did not choose the cartoon and didn’t see it until after it was published.
This cartoon ran in the newspaper one day after university students, professors and other community members held a solidarity march wearing hooded sweatshirts to express disapproval of racial profiling, and the Sanford police department for what they called poor handling of the case.
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