guzman.jpgEarlier this week we learned that The New York Post has laid off associate editor Sandra Guzman, who edited the Latino-focused section, Tempo, for the paper.

Guzman also spoke against a Sean Delanos cartoon that debuted earlier this year featuring a monkey and a possible reference to President Barack Obama. Combine that with the fact that the Post doesn’t have too many editors of color and it’s Hispanic Heritage month and Guzman’s departure was destined to stir up some controversy.

Today, the New York Association of Black Journalists put out a statement about Guzman’s departure, signed by the organization’s vice president of print Zachary R. Dowdy and president Gary Anthony Ramsay, saying they were “dismayed” by the news.

“We are further disturbed to hear the firing took place as the Post interviews candidates for a similar position at the paper’s city desk, which remains open,” the statement said, arguing Guzman should have been offered the opened job before being let go.

Their full statement, after the jump

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