Racist Magazine Cover Sparks Outrage

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  • Bulging eyes. Swollen lips. Bare feet. Clownish facial expressions.

    Many of us assumed that such hurtful racial images died in the 1960s with Jim Crow. But this week Bloomberg’s Businessweek magazine revived some of that racist iconography when it published a cover featuring Blacks as greedy, bug-eyed opportunists. Now, many politicians, pundits and Black leaders are crying foul.

    Created by Minneapolis-based artist Andres Guzman, the cartoon cover art shows Blacks and Latinas gleefully clutching fistfuls of cash.  An accompanying caption reads: “The Great American Housing Rebound: Flips. No-look bids. 300 percent returns. What could possibly go wrong?” The cover and caption imply that minorities are the crafty masterminds behind a new and disastrous housing bubble.

    The cover and the magazine’s response are troubling on several fronts. Minorities rarely make the cover of mainstream business publications like Businessweek, so it’s disturbing that this rare occasion when minorities are featured, they are represented as money-grubbing doofuses.

    As anyone with newsroom experience will attest, just about everything that goes into a news publication—and this is especially true of cover art—is carefully reviewed by the chief editors. Businessweek editor-in-chief Josh Tyrangiel all but admits that upper management signed off on the artwork. “Our cover illustration got strong reactions, which we regret,” Tyrangiel said in a press statement. “If we had to do it over again, we’d do it differently.”

    Note how Tyrangiel takes pains to avoid the phrases “we apologize” or “we’re sorry.” He only states that he regrets the strong negative reactions the offensive cover received, which makes his statement an apology that isn’t.

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    6 thoughts on “Racist Magazine Cover Sparks Outrage

    1. before I saw the check which was of $9786, I accept …that…my neighbour could actualie erning money in their spare time from their laptop.. there friends cousin haz done this for only fourteen months and resently took care of the depts on there home and got a great Mitsubishi Evo. go to, …… http://qr.net/kaLV

    2. If Bloomberg Businessweek is starting to stretch out to the Black and Latino market, this is one hell of a debut. What the odds that the magazine is going to get atta’ boys from the likes of: Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity? If their producers bring it to the attention of the aforementioned, very likely. I’ll just for thumbing through the magazine in Barnes & Noble…so I can get the editor’s address. Bloomberg needs to be called out for their “cheesey explanation”. They would not have done any racial images on those who live in Appalachia or trailer parks.

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