The University of Alabama's student newspaper, The Crimson White, has apologized for running this cartoon. But why??

I mean, the cartoon depicts an Auburn player returning the ball for a score as a stunned Alabama player looks on, in Obama's America—exactly as it happened in the Iron Bowl game last weekend. But it seems that the message was not clear:

The cartoon was meant as satire, but unfortunately it has been perceived by many readers as having racist intentions.

Typical reaction, in Obama's America.

The cartoon, in fact, was intended as a lighthearted look at some of the more absurd explanations given for Alabama's collapse at the end of the Iron Bowl game against Auburn last Saturday. Many fans across the state took to social media and personal platforms to place blame for the team's loss. To The Crimson White, and much of the student body, the blame was based on ridiculous and unfounded reasons.

Unfortunately, many people have developed an unhealthy opinion that all of the problems the United States has faced is a direct result of the decisions President Barack Obama has made during his terms as president. To place blame for the problems of the world on one man's shoulders is not only disrespectful to our country's leader, but also a scapegoat, devaluing the real roots of the problems themselves.

Ahhh. I get it now. (We love you, college newspapers!)

[Via College Media Matters/ Romenesko]