Courtesy: May 14 2008 Jeff Darcy, The Plain Dealer newspaper and text from www.visualeditors.com

Zhiqiang Gao, president of the Chinese Professionals and Entrepreneurs Association in Cleveland, responded with a letter to the editor:

The cartoon demonstrates a degree of insensitivity toward human suffering that is beyond our comprehension. Does it have no shame in politicizing human tragedy?

We understand that cartoonist Jeff Darcy played on the fact that this is the year of rat in the Chinese zodiac. But when Jeff wrote “CHINA” across the body of the big, ugly, menacing rat he drew, it is no wonder that his cartoon is taken by many as smearing of an entire nation. He should offer an apology.

And, in fact, the Plain Dealer did just that: Apologize. On Tuesday:

Cleveland apology

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