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"Courrier Picard" apologizes after being deemed racist

2020-01-27T11:01:16.752Z

"Courrier Picard" headlines "Yellow Alert" about Coronavirus in China



The daily apology mail - Capture Courrier Picard

"Yellow Alert", could be read this Sunday in one of the Courrier Picard which returned to the coronavirus epidemic in China. The viral pneumonia epidemic has infected more than 2,700 people in China, 80 of them fatally since December. The newspaper's title, "Yellow Alert," has been widely reported on the web. The regional daily published an online apology on Sunday afternoon.

"The title of one of this Sunday's newspaper (" Yellow Alert "), as well as that of the editorial of the day (" The yellow danger? ") Hurt some people on social networks this Sunday, writes Courrier Picard . Assimilating these words to a desire to associate ourselves with the worst racist stereotypes of Asians. This was of course by no means our intention. We apologize to anyone who may have been sincerely shocked. ”

Apologies on Twitter

The daily, however, wanted to explain how this title was thought. "The term" yellow peril "directly evoked the concept developed at the end of the 19th century, aimed at alerting the danger of the peoples of Asia ruling the world. And way, hollow, to relativize precisely the possible irrational panic that can spread after the appearance of the first cases in France, "he wrote before admitting the" less referential "character of the title of a.

On the subject of the use of the expression "yellow alert", the daily explains that in its "spirit, and in its primary sense, it was to be taken in the colorimetric sense, namely in a gradation from yellow to red. Like weather alerts ranging from green to red through yellow and orange. And wanted, by this means to mean that we should not over-react to this epidemic.

Good evening, "Courrier picard" apologizes, of course, for this title. We explain ourselves here: https://t.co/SMijJ1nD9Z We wish you a good evening.

- Courrier picard (@CourrierPicard) January 26, 2020

In parallel, the newspaper responded to several Internet users on Twitter Sunday evening to apologize for this title.

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