Is Missouri newspaper’s ‘provocative’ cartoon kind of racist? Yup, it’s pretty darn racist
The Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune is facing a bit of heat today after running the above cartoon by Gary McCoy on Wednesday’s editorial page, with people pointing out, “Dudes, that some real racist bullshit you got there.”
Of course it didn’t help that the Trib ran it in conjunction with the buttoned-down racism of Rich Lowry from National Review, who wants the blacks to quit making the normally super-nice police officers — who punish jaywalking with summary execution in the street — become even meaner and try to kill them in larger numbers which would be much harder for conservatives to defend.
Not that they wouldn’t try.
I admit I didn’t anticipate the reaction. I’m responding to complaints, most of which have come through the Twitter universe, by asking them to consider the context. On three of the preceding four days our editorial page featured local cartoons about the Michael Brown tragedy, the militarization of the police response and a likeness of Lady Justice with six bullet wounds.
The editorial cartoon yesterday accompanied a Rich Lowry column about the unfortunate presence of looters and how that is not a legitimate form of protest. Provocative yes. Racist? Certainly not in intent.
So, you know, both sides do it. Equal time and such and such. As for not anticipating “the reaction,” which is coming from you commie outside Twitter agitators and not from the good people of Columbia, MO., Robertson might have considered the reactions to the cartoon at McCoy’s home at Townhall.
Janice Dodd Why do blacks have a problem understanding why they don’t get any respect??? I have never been a racist but find I feel uneasy around a black person now.. This is not without reason.. I make myself smile at all people and give each a fair chance, but I will not go into certain neighborhoods.. Sad..
Elwood Ballard This is just like the adulterer, Martin Luther King. Every time he gave a speech, there were always 3 busloads of outside Blacks to get the riots started. Then they would leave so the ignorant and illiterate locals could continue with their plundering and theft. Yes, I am old enough to remember this type of lawlessness!
Dale Reynolds Let them Burn, Burn, Burn, Burn, Burn, Burn until Ferguson is a pile of ashes… OH while the Sane Ones use the not used fencing to build a Border Fence around Ferguson to contain the rampaging animals.
Even the folks at Townhall — which has never been mistaken for a Mensa watering hole — heard the siren’s call of McCoy’s dog whistle and proceeded to foam at the mouth in that delightful way they do.
To his credit, Gary McCoy, who conflates protestors demanding justice for Michael Brown with looters — presumably because they all look alike — made the man holding the 60″ plasma TV sign a slightly lighter color than the other protestor/looters so maybe he’s like the President: half-white/half-black (Hafrican), and we are all to blame. Or maybe Obama is the only one to blame which is certainly a line of thought out there. It’s hard to tell.
But McCoy has a body of work, most of it Obama-centered, that would indicate that he loves him some ethnic stereotypes.
I think his portrayal of Michelle Obama with a big ass is lovely.
Some, like Jim Robertson, might even call it: “provocative”….