Each panel of this cartoon shows the same white dude in an armchair, from the same angle, watching the news on TV. Small details change throughout the cartoon – his hairline recedes, his drink changes, he switches from watching an old-fashioned thick TV to watching on a laptop to watching on a flatscreen – but the essential scene never changes. The man doesn’t seem very interested in the news, and in one panel he even dozes off.
TV: In today’s news, Prince Jones, an unarmed Black man, was shot to death when police mistook him for another man.
TV: Alberta Sprull, an unarmed Black woman, was killed by a concussion grenade thrown during a police raid.
TV: …almost ten percent of young black men are in prison, most often for non-violent drug offenses.
TV: …police say that Stansbury, age 19, was shot “by accident.” The officer was suspended for 30 days.
TV: …judge acquitted three officers who fired fifty shots into the car of Sean Bell, the night before Bell’s wedding.
TV: …despite economic growth, Black unemployment remains nearly twice as high as unemployment for whites…
TV: Deaunta Farrow, age 12, was shot when… Tarika Wilson, age 26…
This panel is divided into 17 sub-panels, getting smaller and smaller as they go on, implying a potentially endless number of panels. In each panel, the TV is speaking.
TV: …Oscar Grant was handcuffed face-down when police… Shem Walker… Kiwane Carrington… Manuel Loggins Jr…. Rekia Boyd… Reynaldo Cuevas… Kimani Gray… Eric Garner… Freddie Gray….
Suddenly the white dude looks engaged and outraged, leaping up from the armchair and pointing furiously at the TV.
TV: Private Property was damaged today when a protest turned into a riot…
DUDE: OH THE TRAGEDY!
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