Next week’s cover, “Madiba,” was drawn by the artist Kadir Nelson. “I’ve recently made a children’s book about Nelson Mandela, but for a New Yorker cover, I settled on a younger image of him during the time that he was on trial with over a hundred of his comrades,” says Nelson about “Madiba,” his oil painting of Nelson Mandela, who died today, at the age of ninety-five.
[Cover Story: Nelson Mandela, Hero : The New Yorker]
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. It’s hard to imagine how this one made it through the editorial process. Compounding the…problem with the image is the fact that race has been a key backdrop to the subprime crisis. The narrative of the crash on the right has been the blame-minority-borrowers line, sometimes via dog whistle, often via bullhorn…the record is clear: minorities were disproportionately targeted by predatory lending, which has always gone hand in hand with subprime. Even when they qualified for prime loans that similar-circumstance whites got, they were pushed into higher-interest subprimes…minority borrowers were disproportionately victimized in the bubble. But BusinessWeek here has them on the cover bathing in housing-ATM cash, implying that they’re going to create another bubble.
more, at the Columbia Journalism Review.
It’s 2013 and crap like this gets ok’d by editors?!! UGH.
This week readers in Latin America get their own cover, promoting our special report on Mexico. America needs to look again at its increasingly important neighbour.
Okay this article talks about how the US needs to take Mexico more seriously, but what about taking the Economist seriously with a cover like this?
Flying SOMBREROS, really?!? Ugh.
Harper’s Bazaar, June 1929 cover.