A small community newspaper in New York, known as “The Voice of the West Village,” is facing intense scrutiny for calling President Obama the N-word in one of the paper’s July edition headlines.
The WestView News ran an op-ed column in its July edition titled “The Nig–r in the White House,” where the author criticized what some called “racism” by far right winged voters.
The paper failed to put the article on his website, possibly as an attempt to fly under the radar with its piece, but a copy of it was posted online by the New York Post, along with a screen grab of another story by WestView News Columnist Alvin Hall, who criticized the article, according to Yahoo News.
The author recently wrote a rebuttal to his article titled, “This Headline Offends Me,” where he wrote, “I don’t see how its use benefits anyone, but I do feel all too clearly how it deeply offends me.”
Curious Tweeters hopped on their accounts Sunday to ask the Post (but really directed to WestView) questions about their attention-grabbing headline, and also to provide their dismay to the use of such offensive language.
Donna Bee asked, “How do you refer to Jews, Mexicans, Muslims and Asians? Just curious.”
— ☀SaltWaterGirl☀ (@DonnaBee511) July 6, 2014
While Steve Bien-Aime, a student at Penn State University tweeted “over the top?”
— Steve Bien-Aime (@Steve_BienAime) July 6, 2014
But not everyone was offended. A Long Beach, California resident named Hayden tweeted, “How do I subscribe @WestViewNews,” although since making that statement his page has since been deactivated.
WestView News is distributed each month to 20,000 readers in the West Village, Greenwich Village and Chelsea neighborhoods of New York City, according to the paper’s website.
WestView News is run by CEO George Capsis who is also famed for getting $45,000 to settle an excessive-force lawsuit after he slapped a police officer for parking a police van in a bike lane.
The paper has not responded to any of the scrutiny its headline generated.
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