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‘Racist’ Businessweek cover triggers uproar

Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel has said the magazine “regrets” what critics have described as a “super-racist” cover on the latest issue.

“Our cover illustration last week got strong reactions, which we regret,” he said in a statement sent to Politico’s Dylan Byers and NBC Latino. ”Our intention was not to incite or offend. If we had to do it over again we’d do it differently.”

The cover seemed to depict ethnic minorities rollicking in cash from a rebounding housing market. The subtitle for the cover story asked the question, “What could possibly go wrong?”

“The cover stands out for its cast of black and Hispanic caricatures with exaggerated features reminiscent of early 20th century race cartoons. Also, because there are only people of color in it, grabbing greedily for cash,” wrote the Columbia Journalism Review’s Ryan Chittum. “It’s hard to imagine how this one made it through the editorial process.” However, another CJR post from Sara Morrison reports that the artist behind the drawing is Peru-born Andres Guzman.

You can check out the cover here…